Blogging’s roots and forefathers

Back before the Internet even existed, Les Earnest created what would become the first proto-blogging tool. Earnest, who is retired from Stanford University’s computer science department with the title senior research scientist emeritus, invented the “finger” utility in the early 1970s. It let network users read a specific text file from another user’s account, which frequently would be customized to include musings about politics, personal life, and professional activities.

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Someone, somewhere created the very first Web log. It’s just not quite clear who. It may not be one of the Internet’s grandest accomplishments, but with the number of active bloggers hovering somewhere around 100 million, according to one estimate, there are some serious bragging rights to be claimed by the first person who provably laid fingers to keyboard in the traditional bloggy way.

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