“Twitter has become an uncensored global news service the like of which we have never seen.” ~ Paul Mason

What if you woke up one morning and your blog had disappeared? And when you went to check twitter, it was gone. And instead of Facebook there was a 404 error screen.

What is the shelf-life of an online service? I saw today on teevee where Yahoo received 196.6 million unique visitors last month, compared to 192.3 million for Google, beating Google in traffic for first time since 2011. Yahoo’s picking up Tumblr a likely factor.

The modern blog evolved from the online diary, where people would keep a running account of their personal lives.

A Timeline of the History of Blogging

While the term “blog” was not coined until the late 1990s, the history of blogging began with digital communities including Usenet, commercial online services such as GEnie, BiX and the early CompuServe, e-mail listservs and Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). In the 1990s, Internet forum software, such as WebEx, created running conversations with “threads”.

Then came the avalanche of bloggers – the folks who wrote the journals. And Blogger [blog*spot] – the platform of expression owned for several years now by Google. I am always wondering if when Google will pull the plug on blogger. The service’s most popular blogebrity has been Wendy Cheng, whom I have followed for years and mentioned many many times on my blogspot blogs.

In a recent post on my WordPress blog, I referenced early blogging.

I have been trying to save my still-existing blogspot files. Over 6-THOUSAND – yes – 6,000 posts! Imagine that! And that’s not counting the ones that vanished when Google deleted without warning my original Capital Region People blog! They could do it to anyone – and have!

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