Edited By Magdalena Olpinska-Szkieko and Loretta Bertelle
Social Networking Sites and Blogs on Bilingualism
The term “weblog” (the word is derived from the English words “web” and “log”) was used probably for the first time by Jorn Barger, an employee of the Institute of Pedagogy of Northwestern University December 17, 1997. Two years later, Peter Merholz invented the word “blog”, dividing the previous name to “we blog”. It means “network diary” and it is a type of a website, containing entries dated by the author, comments from the readers, and sets of links to other blogs, called blogroll and usually placed in the side column. A blog differs from other websites mostly in content. It has to be remembered that the nature of a blog is very personal, narrative is carried out in the first person, and the author often mingles the facts with their own beliefs. A blog is also defined as a method of communication and depending on the means of expression, the number of authors or selected themes has different names. In addition to online diary function, a blog can fulfill the role of the so-called vertical portal1 dedicated to the theme and setting out the higher quality of the materials contained in it compared to the normal portal. Often bloggers on similar themes follow other blogs, to which form links and authors establish online and actual contact observing and commenting on each other. In this way the so-called blogosphere2 is created, which is a network of blogs, whose authors exchange thoughts, experiences, often bringing new projects to life...
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