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On the naming of things

There's been some turmoil in parts of the blogosphere recently over people trying to find a name for sites like MySpace, FaceBook, Microsoft's Live Spaces and Yahoo 360.

They're obviously not blogs, though they do have some similarities.

So what are they for? They're web pages and sites that have some element of social networking, but they're also places to put details of who you are, what you do, what you like. You can may be add some media, and links to friends and sites you like.

Now, I know I've been around online longer than many bloggers have been alive, but there's one thing I remember back in the days when we were building the first ISPs, and setting up user public web space soon after.

We had an idea, and we had the tools to help build them.

They were web pages that had places to put details of who you were, what you did, what you liked. You could even add some media (once Netscape invented the object tag), and put in links to friends and sites you like. You could even link them into social networks.

Sounds familiar?

We called them "Home Pages".

Maybe it's a term we need to bring back.

I still kind of like it, even if it is a little "Web 0.2"...

Comments

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wendyg
Sep. 6th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
How about "homespaces"? Or, for those still in school, "homerooms"?

They're not just Web pages, they're pages near their friends'. Aren't there social linking features, too? Like here?

wg
maetang
Sep. 6th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
I miss the good 'ole home page!
timill
Sep. 6th, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
What, he asked rhetorically, does PHP stand for?
sbisson
Sep. 6th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Nothing, now...
montemplar
Sep. 6th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
"Produces Home Pages" perhaps? :)
cobrabay
Sep. 6th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Not far off, it was originally Personal Home Page tools. It later became one of those recursive names, PHP Hypertext Preprocessor.
therealdrhyde
Sep. 7th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
Perl for Hopeless Programmers
montemplar
Sep. 6th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
Nah, I think "Portal" is a much better name! :D
marypcb
Sep. 7th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
hub
content aggregator
flashback
spride
Sep. 6th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
"wank"?
mdlbear
Sep. 7th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
I still have one a few several.
therealdrhyde
Sep. 7th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
The correct name for things like Myspace is "shite".
micheinnz
Sep. 8th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
I have a Livejournal _and_ a home page, though...
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