Thw way I recall it back in those early days (ignore the signup date on this userid--I was here back in those early days, just not as Gondring), it was a listing of news sources and articles pulled from them, not too far off from the main postings of today. What I recall most of all was that I HATED "Frames" back then, and the site was done with frames. :-/
I don't recall it as being much of a "blog" (a term that wasn't around then), but more of a resource... While some blogs are news aggregation sites, not all news aggregation sites are blogs. FR was the latter, in my recollection.
posted on 10/17/2010 8:40:46 AM PDT
(Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
More like a Bulletin Board gone wild ~ I do believe FR was the first such BB to go to assuming Windows was the OS for the reader/posters, and they began using Frames immediately.
Then came the lawsuits and it was just one thing after another ~ but never mind, the custom written software allows FR to handle more stuff with more users than is possible with anything else.
posted on 10/17/2010 8:56:16 AM PDT
("GIT OUT THE WAY" The Republicans are coming)
Free Republic began life as a traditional bulletin board in the earliest days of the internet, on a usenet, I think the term was, I forget which one. Early nineties time-frame.
FR itself was established in 1996 after JimRob became dis-satisfied with it’s former home. He kept it as close as possible to the former bulletin board format. FR still retains the basic look and feel of the original.
posted on 10/17/2010 9:10:50 AM PDT
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