The Evolution of TeachMeet

This timeline is being constructed by Mags Amond, to clarify the origins, essence, context, and milestones in the evolution of TeachMeet to date. Mags is constructing the timeline as part of a PhD research project at Trinity College, Dublin. Contact with information, corrections, suggested edits.

A TeachMeet is an 'unconference' user-generated event, organised by teachers for teachers, wherein ideas are shared and discussed among peers. It was first organised in Scotland in 2006, with a nod to the format of Barcamp and the philosophy of Open Space Technology.


Wikipedia launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger

First occurence 'weblog', though not yet so named

It’s generally recognized that the first blog was, created by Justin Hall, while he was a Swarthmore College student in 1994.

ScotEduBlogs wiki

ScotEduBlogs wiki set up and invitations to join published


Facebook launchedby Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.


The term “weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger

IRC - Internet Relay Chat

IRC was created by Jarkko Oikarinen. IRC was used by early bloggers to contact and converse with each other.


Youtube video-sharing service created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim


The term "unconference" first appeared in an announcement for the annual XML developers conference, Chicago


The word weblog was shortened to “blog” in 1999 by programmer Peter Merholz

"National TeachMeet Day" organised for UK

A suggestion by Stephen Lockyer led to a #TMUK coalition organising 18 TM events on this day

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