After almost 7 years of uninterrupted service, Blogchat will soon be shut down.
I started Blogchat right here on this blog in February of 2002.
It was pretty well the first of its kind – an Ajax-style live chat (although the techniques were not called Ajax until three years and three days later, when JJG coined the term).
If you read through my posts [in reverse order on each of earlier and later pages] over those days, you’ll see that it was a great collaborative effort – a real early example of the social web pulling itself up by the bootstraps whereby the people collaborating to build a chat tool were using the chat tool itself to provide the input to the developers.
Tim Aiello and I ended up building it into a hosted service and ran it together until Tim took the reins last year, but without a large following, the care and feeding have become more than the service is worth, especially since so much advancement has been made in this sphere during the life of the project.
A testament to the simplicity of the thing is that it had been running essentially unchanged since at least 2003.