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Scott Schnoll

The following are Exchange resources from "25 Exchange 2003 Tips in 25 minutes." This content is excerpted from Scott Schnoll's book, "Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled," brought to you by © (2004) Pearson Education, Inc. Publishing as Addison-Wesley Professional.

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The term blog is short for Weblog. A blog is essentially a Web-based, diarystyle journal. Blogs are updated at various intervals; some daily, others less frequently. These often-updated Web sites provide links to other interesting information on the Web, typically adding their comments and other information about the links. Blogs are a kind of personal community because the bloggers, those who write blogs, form pockets of communities with other bloggers and followers of their blogs.

You might be surprised to know that blogs are as old as the Web. In fact, Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Web, also created the first blog (which you can still find on the Web at http://www.w3.org/History/19921103-hypertext/hypertext/WWW/News/9201.html) in 1992. It wasn't called a Weblog, though; that term wasn't coined until December 1997. As for sites that specifically considered themselves blogs, in the beginning of 1999, there were only 23. But throughout the beginning months of 1999, blogs began growing in numbers.

In July 1999, the first free do-it-yourself blogging tool was launched by Pitas. Within months there were many more freely available blogging tools that made it easy for anyone to blog. No HTML, no Web site code, no heavy lifting at all; just enter your thoughts, opinions, and links as if you were sending an e-mail to a friend and post it for your readers to consume. Blogs continue to grow in numbers and in popularity. A number of Exchange-related blogs are worth checking out -- I've listed the ones I visit.

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