Monday, August 04, 2003

Boston Globe Online: Software helps blogs flourish

Boston Globe Online: Software helps blogs flourish "You know something's gone mainstream when it's offered as a new feature on America Online. AOL is about to bring ''blogs'' (weblogs or online journaling) to the masses in an upgrade it announced on Friday. AOL 9, which will be rolled out this summer, will offer ''AOL Journals'' to the company's 25 million subscribers so they can engage in the growing pastime of self-publishing online.
Blogs are being hyped as the Internet's next big thing. They've proliferated thanks to software that automates the entire process, making it a breeze to instantaneously publish text, images, and links. Practically anyone can set up a decent-looking blog and start sermonizing in minutes.
Blogcount.com estimates that there are roughly 2.4 million to 2.9 million active blogs. Sounds impressive, but Jupiter Research says that only about 2 percent of the Internet community has created a blog; about 4 percent read them."

Re AOL: either you know "something's gone mainstream" or you know something has "jumped the shark"...
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