Later this year … much later … it will be twenty years since the first time I went online — on the World Wide Web.
It didn’t take long before my favourite chat server was sold to something called InfoSeek, and later to Disney. The latter shut it down, and we were all scattered around the web.
Many of us used AltaVista for searching. There were oodles of different search engines.
Many other social sites came and went over the years. I ended up blogging in Yahoo. They shut down their blogging site, and almost all of us went to a place called Multiply. Now, Yahoo is for sale. Multiply was either sold or just shut down, I’m not sure which.
I used to hang out in FriendFeed around 2008. There, I used to read about all kinds of start-ups and other fun stuff. Then it was bought by Facebook, and the bottom fell out of it.
Now there’s Facebook and Google. Twitter too, I guess, to a certain extent. I feel as if nothing is happening. Nobody’s even trying. Will Facebook be the sole ruler of the Web in the long run? He (=Zuckerberg) bought the domain name internet.org so I guess that’s the plan.
Google has made a few attempts on social sites. There was Buzz, then came Wave and right now, there’s still Google Plus. I don’t sense Plus is going anywhere. Google Wave was the worst. They managed to create a huge hype about it, before it was released … they said it would “replace email forever”, but you still needed an email to sign in there (!). At first it seemed really cool, but after an hour or so, I started ask myself “What is it good for … what will I use it for?”. I was not the only one having that thought.
MySpace was a big thing for a while, but I never took part in that.
I miss those days when new stuff kept popping up. I try to keep myself abreast of what’s going on, but I certainly don’t see anything that could have Mark Zuckerberg worried, and I’m probably the only one thinking along those lines.
I feel good when I sign in to WordPress in the morning. This is my online home.