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A decade of Scripting News

Sunday, April 01, 2007 by Dave Winer.

A picture named elephant.gifOn this day, ten years ago, a weblog named Scripting News appeared for the first time at this address.  Permalink to this paragraph

Today, it is the longest continuing running weblog on the Internet. Permalink to this paragraph

This site played a big role in several important trends.  Permalink to this paragraph

1. It helped bootstrap the blogging world. Many of the earliest weblogs were patterened after this site. The software that was used to build many of those blogs came from Scripting News.  Permalink to this paragraph

2. It was the focal point for the communities that created RSS and podcasting. Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named hourglass.jpg3. Many of the political and social innovations that sprang from the blogging world got their start in the Scripting News community. Permalink to this paragraph

Earlier today SN more or less reflected what the site looked like on its first day, 4/1/97. It was an approximation -- in some cases the sites it linked to are gone, but archives were available at archive.org. In those places I've linked to the archive.org versions. In other cases there was no backup at archive.org -- those links are broken. But there is a lot of interesting non-broken stuff hanging off this page. If you're interested in the roots of blogging, you'll find a lot of treasure here. It may be worth an hour or more exploration on a Sunday afternoon.  Permalink to this paragraph

I've archived the 1997 version of the home page. Permalink to this paragraph

Here's the downloadable archive of the first decade of Scripting News, in HTML. And for outliner fans, in OPMLPermalink to this paragraph

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