One of my official hobbies is looking through The Wayback Machine. I mean, I can spend hours and hours looking through it and laughing at how Infoseek, Northern Light, AltaVista and InfoSpace were trying to take over the search space, or how eBay looked like in 1996 (you get the point). I was just looking through Blogger.com for a change and this is what I found (Blogger, October 1999):
What is it?
Blogger is an automated weblog publishing tool.
What does it do?
You make posts to your weblog (or your What’s New page or any other web page you want to update frequently with chronologically sorted posts) by submitting a form on this web site, and the results immediately show up on *your* site, with *your* design.
How does it work?
Magic! Well, actually, you provide Blogger a template of your page (or use the default) that indicates where you want your posts to appear. When you make a new post, you’ll get a “Save to Server” button that will automatically FTP your new page to your web server. No muss. No fuss. Total control.
Wow, where do I enter my credit card number?
Blogger is free. Try it out.
Hilarious, don’t you think? The blogosphere was so ‘empty’ in those days that they needed to mention that Blogger was automated, it was magic, no muss, no fuss, total control, and on top of that also because most people I guess didn’t know what blogs were, “or your What’s New page or any other web page you want to update frequently with chronologically sorted posts”.
On September 3rd, we launched our free blog hosting service, blog*spot. Yesterday, the 10,000th blog was created there. As of right now, the count is 10,162. That’s a lot blogs in two months. When will the madness end?
Ha! Five years later, and the madness is in millions. When WILL the madness end?