Before Twitter, Whisper and Snapchat there was the Blog – the platform that made it possible for non-techies to publish on the internet. And if you grew up in the 90s, chances are you probably had one at some point – a Livejournal, a Blogger, a WordPress or Diaryland.
This year, the Blog turns 20. To mark the anniversary of the medium, we asked three blogging pioneers to look back on the transformation of the medium over the past two decades, and share their thoughts on new platforms like Snapchat and Twitter.
Dave Winer is an American software developer, entrepreneur and writer in New York City. He is noted for his contributions to outliners, scripting, content management and web services, as well as blogging and podcasting. He writes regularly at Scripting News, which he started in 1997.
Meg Hourihan has lived and worked on the web for nearly twenty years. As the co-founder of Blogger.com, she lead the development of the seminal blogging tool acquired by Google in 2004. As the New York City-based mother of two young children, she regrets that she doesn’t update www.megnut.com nearly as much as she used to.
Justin Hall is a writer and entrepreneur. In 1994, Hall began publishing Justin’s Links from the Underground, an early personal web site. In 2007 Hall lead a team making PMOG – a massively multiplayer online game layered on top of web surfing. Today Justin lives in San Francisco and publishes personal videos at http://links.net/….