Who exactly came up with the term ‘user-generated content’?

(From the NY Times article: “2006, Brought to You by You,” by Jon Pareles) “All that material is “user-generated content,” the paramount cultural buzz phrase of 2006. It’s a term that must appeal to the technocratic instincts of investors. I prefer something a little more old-fashioned: self-expression.”

Sounds good to me: Self-expression. As I’ve blogged before, other good terms for what people are doing instead of “generating” “user-generated content” include: writing, photographing, explaining, inspiring, observing, videoing, witnessing, creating. There are a few hundred more. The term “user-generated content” was obviously dreamed up by those who want to use user-generated content, not by those who actually create it.