The Evolution of The Blogger Visualization, but what happened to the history of the linklog?

The Evolution of The Blogger
The Evolution of The Blogger by Flowtown

Beautiful infographic of The Evolution of The Blogger by Flowtown – Social Media Marketing Application.

There’s one thing that bugs me though: It presents three types of blog formats (the photoblog, the vlog and the linklog) as ‘new blog forms’ that came out of the above mentioned type of bloggers. However, the linklog is one of the oldest forms of the weblog as I described in my thesis on Blogging for Engines. In 1997 Jorn Barger started “logging” the web with interesting links and commentary on his (now called) weblog Robot Wisdom. In an interview with Wired Magazine celebrating the 10th birthday of the weblog he clearly states that these types of blogs, linklogs, are the true weblogs:

  1. A true weblog is a log of all the URLs you want to save or share. (So del.icio.us is actually better for blogging than blogger.com.)
  2. You can certainly include links to your original thoughts, posted elsewhere … but if you have more original posts than links, you probably need to learn some humility. (Wired)

Anyway, enjoy the graphic, while I go and learn some humility ;)

7 thoughts on “The Evolution of The Blogger Visualization, but what happened to the history of the linklog?

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  2. LOL @ learning some humility. I need to go swallow huge tablets of humility myself then.
    Thank you putting this map on, I found it really informative.

    on the definition of a true weblog and the humility joke – well the definition of a blog has certainly changed and will still change. I think to people now, the closest layman definition they could give a blog is ‘a diary of original thoughts/ rants’.

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  6. On top of that almost everything is a blog now if you think of blogging from a technical perspective. People are no longer using blogging software to “blog” but to create websites. Defining blogs from their reverse-chronological order is also disseminating to other types of pages and sites.

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