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On the naming of things

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on September 6, 2006

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″…


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  1. wendyg said,

    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?


  2. maetang said,

    I miss the good ‘ole home page!

  3. timill said,

    What, he asked rhetorically, does PHP stand for?

  4. sbisson said,

    Nothing, now…

  5. montemplar said,

    “Produces Home Pages” perhaps? 🙂

  6. montemplar said,

    Nah, I think “Portal” is a much better name! 😀

  7. cobrabay said,

    Not far off, it was originally Personal Home Page tools. It later became one of those recursive names, PHP Hypertext Preprocessor.

  8. spride said,


  9. mdlbear said,

    I still have one a few several.

  10. marypcb said,

    content aggregator

  11. therealdrhyde said,

    Perl for Hopeless Programmers

  12. therealdrhyde said,

    The correct name for things like Myspace is “shite”.

  13. micheinnz said,

    I have a Livejournal _and_ a home page, though…

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