Tuesday, February 14, 2006

blog timeline leaves out pioneers

This failed attempt at a blog timeline (please notice the bias in what is linked and what is not), via Doc Searls:

The Early Years

January 1994
Swarthmore student Justin Hall creates first blog ever, Links.net.

December 1997
Online diarist Jorn Barger coins the term “Weblog” for “logging the Web.”

April 1999
Programmer Peter Merholz shortens “Weblog” to “blog.”

August 1999
Blogger rolls out the first popular, free blog-creation service.

January 2000
Boing Boing is born.

July 2000
AndrewSullivan.com launches.

February 2002
Heather Armstrong is fired for discussing her job on her blog, Dooce. “Dooced” becomes a verb: “Fired for blogging.”

August 2002
Nick Denton launches Gizmodo, the first in what will become a blog empire. Blogads launches, the first broker of blog advertising.

December 2002
Talking Points Memo highlights Trent Lott’s racially charged comments; thirteen days later, Lott resigns from his post as Senate majority leader.

December 2002
Gawker launches, igniting the gossip-blog boom.

March 2003
“Salam Pax,” an anonymous Iraqi blogger, gains worldwide audience during the Iraq war.

June 2003
Google launches AdSense, matching ads to blog content.

August 2003
The first avalanche of ads on political blogs.

September 2003
Jason Calacanis founds Weblogs, Inc., which eventually grows into a portfolio of 85 blogs.

January 2004
Denton launches Wonkette.

March 2004
Calacanis poaches Gizmodo writer Peter Rojas from Denton. Denton proclaims himself “royally shafted” on his personal blog.

December 2004
Merriam-Webster declares “blog” the “Word of the Year.”

January 2005
Study finds that 32 million Americans read blogs.

May 2005
The Huffington Post launches.

October 2005
Calacanis sells his blogs to AOL for $25 million.

December 2005
An estimated $100 million worth of blog ads are sold this year.

January 2006
Time leases Andrew Sullivan’s blog, adding it to its Website.

February 2006
The Huffington Post surges to become fourth most-linked-to blog.


Notice the extreme bias displayed here toward MSM type blogs?

The tech blogs, which started the Blog Revolution, are slighted in favor of fuss and fury blogs.

WRONG: They say Justin Hall had the first ever blog, but Doc Searls says it was Tim Berners-Lee in his "History of Weblogs".

Where is Dave Winer?

Where is Scobleizer?

Where is Slashdot?

Where is any mention of the MSM icons that were devastated by the bloggers, Trent Lott, Dan Rather, etc.?

Where is any mention of Freedom Bloggers and Islamic Reformist Blogs of Iran, Malaysia, etc.?

Where is any mention of how the vast majority of blogs are NOT in English?

Where is any mention of Technorati?

Bob Lutz FastLane GM blog?


Blogs as online predator zones?

Why didn't they link to Jorn Barger's Robot Wisdom blog, Peter Merholz, Boing Boing, Blogger, Weblogs, Inc., Dooce, Talking Points, etc.?

Do you see the blatant prejudice in not embedding links to these pioneering, though rather technical, sites?

What major events in blogging do you see missing here?


JasonCalacanis said...

Come on... this was in NYMAG!!! Those guys dont get much right.

steven edward streight said...

Typical MSM, huh? Could not agree with you more, Jason.

Thanks for entering the conversation here.

Daniel Nicolas said...

Of course they left out the Pioneers. That rock band never even toured or put out a record. They were just a wanna-be rock band, fifteen guys with guitars that couldn't play or figure out that they needed a drummer.