Remembering an early blog?
January 12, 2012 9:13 AM   Subscribe

What was the early blog I remember from the late 90's?

Back in the late 90's, there were two blogs I used to visit daily. One was Robot Wisdom and the second was......?? I seem to remember it was simply lists of links to interesting stuff (just like Robot Wisdom) but I think it was organized in categorized columns, very much like the current Popurls. It was the standard blue link color on a white page, very minimal design and - here's the part that confuses me - I swear the name was Meta"something". What pioneering blog was this?
posted by davebush to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
It wasn't Memepool, was it?
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 9:15 AM on January 12, 2012

Yeah, sounds like Memepool to me too. The co-founder of Memepool, Joshua Schachter, went on to start Delicious. He then worked for both Yahoo! and Google.
posted by kindall at 9:24 AM on January 12, 2012

Nthing Memepool. It's still around, if you want to see if it's what you're thinking of, it's just been dormant for about 4 years.
posted by zombieflanders at 9:27 AM on January 12, 2012 That's were I first started following blogs. Don't remember it being white, but I don't really remember the colours.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 9:40 AM on January 12, 2012

Response by poster: It's possible it was Memepool but the layout doesn't ring a bell with me. I looked at the site via Wayback (1999) and that doesn't really seem like the site I'm seeing in my mind. I'm sure it was very similar to Popurls' layout.
posted by davebush at 9:41 AM on January 12, 2012

Was it Justin Hall's He had a bunch of columns with weird little search engines in them.
posted by dgeiser13 at 9:43 AM on January 12, 2012

posted by cardboard at 10:03 AM on January 12, 2012

The Obscure Store and Reading Room?
posted by Ostara at 10:08 AM on January 12, 2012

Best answer: The web archive is deathly slow for me right now, so I'll just drop the links here and hope they work for you:

You could also poke around BlogTree, but their search seems broken right now (you can only get the first page of results).
posted by dhartung at 11:11 AM on January 12, 2012

Response by poster: Bingo. It was metascene. The columns layout I remembered was the portal page. Thanks dhartung!
posted by davebush at 12:15 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

You're welcome! One of my favorites too (we were on each others' blog rolls); I wonder what Fred is up to these days. (Dinah and Garret are obviously still around, though.)
posted by dhartung at 3:54 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

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