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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Will Blogs Go the Way of Personal Web Pages

Do you remember Geocities and the Personal Web Page explosion? There were millions of them. But where are they now?

Are blogs destined to go the same route? Yes we know that 20 million blogs have been created, but we also know that 10 millions have been completely or partially abandoned.

On a more philosophical point, when does an infrequently updated blog become a Personal Web Page?

Here are some factors to consider:
1) Blogs are easier to create than personal web pages, but still not a easy as Hotmail, YahooMail or Gmail.
2) The reverse chronological order makes it easy to find what's new and encourages the blogger to create new stuff. People are always interested in what's new.
3) Blogging as a social form is focused on the expression of opinion unlike Personal Web Pages. In the blogging world, everybody's an Op-Ed'r.