the history of “user generated content”

I recently completed a 20 page essay on the history of UContent; it will tentatively be chapter one in the Information Today book. Although bloggers and others say that user-generated content goes back to cave paintings, as far as the Internet is concerned I’ve fixed the date at 1971 when Michael Hart entered the Declaration of Independence. Prof. Hart actually sent me his first person account via email, but there is also a similar account in the Statemaster Encyclopedia.

My timeline takes you through the early days of blogging, to JenniCam, to the Public Library of Science to Google Knol.


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