Sep. 26th, 2010

Web 1.0

Sep. 26th, 2010 02:35 pm
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I saw The Social Network on Thursday night. A very interesting movie (even though I never use Facebook). It was a fairly accurate representation of what was going on at the time, but it really got me thinking of the past and how everything now is so different from Web 1.0. I grew up with the internet, and was using it as early as 1993. I remember it as a time where you made your own websites, tried to bring useful information to the table, and were taught to keep your identity a secret. There were so many different search engines to choose from that used different algorithms so search censorship had yet to become an issue. I did switch over to a blog right at the beginning of Web 2.0, but LJ has fallen out of favor with networking sites which aggregate everything onto one page. I'm used to trying to write out a few paragraphs, not one or two sentences to mesh in with the general public. I'm used to having so many choices in how to search for something and not have it tailored to try and think for me and decide what would be in my best interest.

I think Terry Flew described the change between 1.0 to 2.0 very accurately:
"move from personal websites to blogs and blog site aggregation, from publishing to participation, from web content as the outcome of large up-front investment to an ongoing and interactive process, and from content management systems to links based on tagging (folksonomy)"

The most curious change with all of this is I used to save everything I came across obsessively because it was uncertain how long it would be available to view. Now many sites have features that anyone can edit content and I have excepted the fact that information on the web is in a constantly ebb and flow. As such, I never bother to save anything anything anymore and I have moved back to relying more on physical media as a source of information. Now I use the web to figure out a good starting point and also to track down said physical media.

Many good things have come out of 2.0 and I can find books faster than I ever could before.

But my mind is still stuck in 1998.


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