Mar 21, 2007

Introducing the Web Log

Early in the history of the web, folks who maintained sites often kept a "log" of changes they made to the "web." When blogging software emerged, humble web logs got lost in the excitement of social journaling.

Blogging software was a breakthrough for regular folks editing the web but that was years ago. Nowadays there are many ways we all edit the web—Blogger, Flickr, Del.icio.us, and YouTube are just some of the ways we put new stuff up every day. Often, we use more than one of these types of services.

Now everybody is a web master. So how do we pull all this content together into one place to show a log of stuff we have recently added to the web? Tumblr is the modern web log—it's all your recent updates to the web. Also, it does a great job of displaying the amount of content you are really contributing.

For example, my Tumblr page collects posts from two blogs, all my twitters, my del.icio.us links, and anything I add to Flickr. It's all made possible thanks to the machine readable web—a vast collection of structured data versions of all our thoughts, home videos, and funny pictures of cats.

7 comments:

Steve Jenson said...

How are you posting automatically from Blogger to tumblr?

webponce said...

You can add RSS feeds to Tumblr to automatically pull content in.

Steve Jenson said...

I somehow missed that feature. Thanks!

ooler said...

Tumblr, much like Twitter is proving that short, to-the-point updates are better than long, arduous editorials.

Congrats on your team's success with twitter. I'm really excited to see where you guys take the web.

Guy said...

Very cool!

rale said...

Hey, I just wanted to say thanks for pointing me in Tumblr's direction. I'm loving the service, I think it's a great idea. And twitter is still awesome.
Thanks! -Rale

Ben said...

"folks who maintained sites often kept a "log" of changes they made to the "web." When blogging software emerged, humble web logs got lost in the excitement of social journaling."
*blink*

Hunh?

When I started spidering to see who was doing what with ICT I started snipping little bits of text from their "About" pages, adding a comment or two, and pasting all that along with a link to what I thought their most representative page. I'v kept techie work journals for, well, a long time ... I like logging my work ... /that/ was my web log. It was in 1995.

Change log? *blink*
Ooooookay.

continued success
--bentrem