It’s old news by now, AOL is bringing blogging to the unwashed masses. Or as Leslie Walker of the Washington Post WebWatch put it:
The “blogosphere” may never be the same after America Online releases free blog-publishing software to its 34 million members this summer.
The emphasis on “may never be the same” is mine. Imagine what the blogosphere is going to look like by the entry of hundreds of thousands of individuals for whom AOL entitled their service “AOL Journals” because they didn’t think their customers would understand ‘blog.’
Tell you what, I have an old copy of Charles Petzold’s “Programming Windows 3.1″ I’ll send FREE to the first person who can closest guess the number of “cat blogs” that AOL’s new service will generate in its first month (to be eligable, you need to leave your guestimate as a comment).
All this said, I was alarmed by an article who’s headline read “U.S. Senators Propose Bill to Ban New AOL Blogs.” Basically the premise is, since AOL users have fouled the USNET, let’s not let them do the same to blogging. I mean isn’t this a violation of the 1st Ammendment? The Bill of Rights? Oh wait (and before you go emailing Ernie the Attorney) … it’s a joke. The proposed BAN that is, not AOL’s new service … tough I know it is sometimes hard to tell the difference.