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The WWW Historical Perspective

The BBC has an interesting story out today on the history of the WWW.  The article features commentary from the following, "Top 10."

  1. Sir Tim Berners-Lee – Here is his blog, and his predictions for the future of the WWW.
  2. Professor Nigel Shadbolt
  3. Professor Wendy Hall – Her homepage.
  4. Kai-Fu Lee
  5. Dr. David Belanger
  6. Mitchell Baker – Her blog.
  7. Mark Bernstein
  8. Robert Cailliau – His website.
  9. Robert Scoble – His blog.
  10. Tim O’Reilly – His homepage.

Not a list to laugh at, at all.  So, where was I among all of this?  Well, thirteen years ago, while Netscape was undergoing its IPO and starting the first "boom," of what we now call, "New Media," I was working in IT at a large advertising agency in Los Angeles.  We decided it would be a good time to demonstrate, to our clients, at the time names like, Vons, Flamingo Hilton, Honda Motorcycles, that we should be doing something with this "WWW" thing.  Well, we built some small products in JavaScript (well, back then we called it LiveScript); we went to the first Netscape Developers Conference in NYC; we impressed our clients with flashy branding stuff.  Then I moved on to a classified service, headquartered in Orange County, CA… We began putting classified ads online, we migrated their flat-file system to a dynamic, server-side database system, then, we moved in on to a Microsoft based database application…
The point of the story, though, is that what was misunderstood fifteen years ago is still misunderstood by a great many people.  Click through to find out what and why…

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