Ten years ago most of us were gleefully pulling information from the web, or as it was then called, surfing the web. It is human nature to think that whatever you are doing today will last forever, or at least until your next birthday. My dubious unscientific studies show that if your life were measured in Internet years it would span less than a single second.
Twitter and Facebook are not the first, nor will they be the last overnight time wasters successes. Instead of push or pull it may be yank, jerk or tumble technology. Wait, they’ve already done that.
In the 1990s both Microsoft and Apple started a style of push technology. Instead of actively looking for a website – pull technology – push technology was a request initiated from a server. Think in terms of RSS feeds or email, both push systems – push is information automatically sent to you. Looking back a few years, you could turn the Windows 98 desktop into a website page that auto-updated.
As far as desktop push, it was a major flop. It was ousted around 2000 by RSS, another push technology. RSS, for those who understand it, will not go away any time soon. Neither will email (even as many are barking that email is dead), instant messaging or blogging.
Some folks think the Internet should be cataloged like a library. Instead of writing a dry history of it, The Wayback Machine, part of the Internet Archive, actively keeps records of over 150 billion web pages built since 1996. If you had a website, or know someone who did, you can have a look at it as it was in yesteryear. I am always amazed at the speed of technology changes on the WWW. Here is Yahoo in 1996. Ah, the clean uncluttered look, the white space with no popups is refreshing.
Did you think Twitter was relatively new? Here is Twitter à la March 2001.
The giant that folded in on itself, AOL Dec 20, 1996.
My business site June 2001 Midwest PC Systems - Defunct by the end of the year.
The first domain registered was Symbolics.com
And finally, the website of the world’s first-ever web server.
Be sure to look at the info tab on this site. For example: Every 5 years, it is expected that the number of devices online will double.
For every gain there is a loss, for every loss there is a gain.
What do you think has been lost, and what has been gained over the last 15 years?