- The definition of a blog is an online, chronological commentary.
An example of a blog is Huffington Post.
- To blog is defined as to write on a website that comments on current events or a specific topic.
An example of to blog is to write a post for your food-focused website.
blog definition by Webster's New World
Origin: (We)blog ; from web () plush log ()
- blogger noun
blog definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- blog·ger noun
blog - Computer Definition
A Web site where an individual maintains a personal journal or even an interactive forum much like a personal newsgroup.The vast majority of blogs, or so it seems, are pretty silly electronic diaries posted by adolescents. Many blogs, however, are quite serious. Some companies maintain public blogs to foster dialogue amongst employees with respect to projects, strategies, and other matters of interest. Some blogs take the form of well-researched personal opinion columns on politics or other controversial and weighty subjects. See also WWW.
Short for Weblog. An online journal and forum for commentary that doubles as a public discussion board. Blogs have rapidly gained popularity, particularly as a means of political and social commentary and activism and of marketing one’s talents online—a replacement for old-fashioned paper resumes. Blogs are often designed with space for immediate reader feedback. Moreover, software such as Serious Magic Inc.’s new Vlog IT! allows people to use video clips to enhance their blog’s content, which has resulted in a new term, vlogs.
In December 2004, approximately one year after the term blog was placed in The Oxford English Dictionary, Merriam-Webster said that it was the most frequently searched word on the dictionary’s Website. Although knowing the real prevalence of blogs is nearly impossible, two surverys conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project at the end of 2004 found that eight million users in the United States had created blogs, and that blog readership increased by 58% in 2004 to encompass 27% of U.S. Internet users. In marketing terms, the more risky “early adopters” of technology appear to be the most enthusiastic users of blogs. Even movies, such as the 2005 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Buena Vista Pictures, are marketed through blogs.
Considering their recent entry into the mainstream vocabulary, blogs have already created controversy in the news. In the United States, criticism emanating from bloggers ultimately forced CBS News to retract a controversial story about President George W. Bush’s time served in the Texas Air National Guard. By the controversy’s end, several people, including long-time news anchor Dan Rather, resigned from the respected network.
Hoping to reap a business gain and an increased market share from the growing popularity of blogs, in February 2005, the Internet search firm Ask Jeeves Inc. of Emeryville, California, purchased an upstart Silicon Valley blogging company known as Trustic Inc. for an undisclosed amount of money. Trustic Inc. is the owner and operator of Bloglines, whose function is to index blogs along with other live online content. It performs this function not only in English but also in six other languages. The service provided by Trustic Inc. appears to be a driver behind blogs’ popularity, for it gathers new material filed by millions of bloggers and lets users search and read it without having to download any software on their computers.
Though blogs seem to be growing in popularity, there are reported business downsides to blogging. According to a Society for Human Resource Management survey conducted on 279 human resource professionals in the United States, about 3% of employees updating blogs at work were disciplined. Moreover, the popularity of vlogs has already had an adverse impact on one business in the United States. Bicycle lock maker Kryptonite Corporation experienced a public relations nightmare after a New York blogger named Benjamin Running posted a vlog illustrating that the company’s u-shaped lock could be picked with just a ballpoint pen. The vlog was apparently downloaded by more than half a million people in just four days, resulting in the company’s having to fill millions of product exchanges.
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(1) To write and post an entry in a Weblog.
(2) (WeBLOG) A Web site that contains text entries in reverse chronological order (most recent entry first). Blogs cover everything from the latest news about a topic to personal journals to "ranting and raving." Written by one person or a group of contributors, entries contain commentary, observations and opinions and may include images, audio, video, links to other sites, as well as a search facility for finding past entries. See audioblog and vlog. Blogs may invite comments and feedback similar to the Internet newsgroup discussions that started long before the Web came about (see newsgroup). Blogs often support RSS syndication, which automatically notifies users when new blog entries are posted (see syndication feed). More Personal, But Corporate Too Informality and off-the-cuff opinion are what set blogs apart from Web sites, electronic versions of magazines (see e-zine) and other electronic publishing formats. The blog is often a passionate expression of one individual's thoughts, and blogs are expected to be totally truthful. Although ads were traditionally absent on blogs, they are increasingly appearing. Companies also encourage employees to write internal blogs to share knowledge, and they use public blogs to keep abreast of customer satisfaction and other issues. Customers often have great faith in employee bloggers. For example, a CEO who writes a blog may greatly enhance the company image as long as there is no extreme bias or obvious marketing. Blog Software and Services In the late 1990s, the first blogs were manually coded in HTML and uploaded to a Web server. However, when applications such as Pitas, Blogger and GrokSoup were launched in 1999, blogs took off. This template-based software made it a snap to publish a blog on the company's Web server and add entries without knowing any HTML (see blog publishing software). Soon after, blog hosting services came along that offered the same functionality on their own servers, allowing anyone to set up a free blog on the Web in minutes. A blog service is the simplest way for anyone to publish comments on the Internet (see blog service). From Blog to Microblog to Twitter The blog spawned the "microblog," a short blog about one's daily adventures, which evolved into the wildly successful Twitter.