Thursday, August 11, 2005

World Wide Web hits 10 years old

While the Internet has been around for some 30 years (no thanks to Al Gore), the face of the net that most people know, the World Wide Web, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. What is interesting is that blogs have been around since '97 according to this story. As you can see from the date on my Yahoo! account, I was an early adopter of this new technology. It truly is amazing to look at how much the Web has changed the world, both for good and for bad. From a political standpoint, having worked in the national campaign HQs for Bush in the '92 general election and Forbes in the '96 primary campaign, the advancement in technology was amazing. In '92, hardly anyone even had a computer. In '96, every staffer did. In '92, there were no web pages. In '96, we were one of the few campaigns with a web site. Today, even candidates for HOA office (including ones other than myself) have web sites. Simply amazing. So here's to celebrating 10 years of digital democracy and free speech!


At 8/11/2005 04:05:00 PM, Anonymous Waldo Jaquith said...

I started blogging in April of '96 but, at the time, we called it an "on-line journal" or a "WWW journal." ("Diary" sounded a bit too wussy.) We didn't have the word "blog" until '00 or thereabouts, IIRC. What an ugly word.

To be fair, the web is quite a bit older than 10 years old. In 1995, Netscape was well established, Mosaic was old hat, and Microsoft had introduced Internet Explorer, which was roundly laughed at, because it sucked. It's really just 10 years since Netscape held an IPO. That might mark the beginning of the business of the web, though. :)


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