Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Why we are online

Things that could have proliferated the internet in web 2.0 in no particular order:

  • Laptops and increased storage
  • Cheaper DSL lines
  • Better telecomm networks
  • Antisocial teenagers avoiding contact with parents and reaching out to friends through the internet
  • Social networks online starting with Friendster and proliferated by Facebook
  • All the free services that the internet offers to consumers
  • EBay
  • Stanford start-ups
  • Grandfather Semiconductor companies like National, Intel and Agilent--the foundation of Silicon Valley
  • Let's not forget that there used to be a ton of fruit farms and YOU PICK farms that are most likely replaced by business parks now
  • Laziness and procrastination: internet is entertainment
  • Outsourcing
  • Immigration of Indian and then Chinese software developers
  • Search engines like Google, Altavista, Yahoo! among others which made information more accessible
  • HTML: ability to have your own website in web 1.0 and then hating that it takes so long to create a website plus WYSIWYG free services made crappy websites so now log on to Facebook and you don't need to learn or write code

    What else?

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