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There are some various views published on the Web about when and what was the first blog on the Web. Rebecca Blood's history notes that Jorn Barger created the term in late 1997, and in 1999 only 23 blogs were in existence. (Although she doesn't cite an individual pioneer or first blog.) The citations are two blog-tracking Web sites (www.jjig.net/portal/tpoowl.html and the Eatonweb Portal http://portal.eatonweb.com). But for such a small amount of history, there appears to be much confusion over its real beginnings.

Dave Winer claims that the first blog was the first Web site on the Web (http://info.cern.ch/). The site was built and maintained by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN (an acronym for the French name of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics). The Web page pointed to other sites on the Web as they came online. The National Computer Security Association (NCSA) What's New page began to log the same sorts of things, then Netscape took the baton. Dave Winer's history makes the claim that he did his first blog in February 1996 as part of the 24 Hours of Democracy Web site. (This was a project dreamed up and promoted by Mr. Winer to let people post essays about what democracy meant to them.) There is no doubt that a genre appeared and was defined and embraced.


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