The live blog is one of the Guardian’s signature digital formats. We look at its history and influence on the tools we build
The Guardian has been at the forefront of developing live blogs, starting with blogging sport events in the late 1990s. Now, it provides live online coverage of a wide range of news stories and events.
As a software developer in the editorial tools team, I am interested in understanding how the live blog came into being, because it could help us think about how similar innovations could come about in the future. I’ve been talking to people working in editorial, product and engineering who were involved with different stages of developing the live blog.