Inside Higher Ed writes, "Academics at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society began what they described as an “unusual experiment” 15 years ago. They created an online platform where people from within the university, and some from outside, could write whatever they wanted and share it with the world.
[email protected], as it was then known, was considered pioneering. Facebook didn’t yet exist. Social media was in its infancy. And starting a blog usually required some knowledge of code. Harvard’s blogging platform, now known as blogs.harvard.edu, made it easy.
The university was one of the first higher education institutions, if not the first, to provide such a platform. It served as an incubator for ideas, helped to make podcasting a thing and was a space for students, faculty and staff to “cut their teeth” on the World Wide Web...."