Evolution of the Internet

Jan 31, 2008 in Web

Early 90’s:

Population: Compuserve and AOL ruled the ISP world and a bunch of static pages existed.

Money: People thought of the internet as some cool place to go and waste time. No possible way to make money other than brand recognition.

Speed- These are the days of 14.4 and 28.8kbps dialup modems. Where pages used to take minutes to load and Geocities pages rocked…which is a huge overstatement.

Late 90’s aka Tech boom:

Population: Growing fast, almost like a bacterial colony. Everyone I knew was getting the internet. Internet is still a North American Phenomenon. Search engines are picking up, but results are often far from relevant. Static pages or administrator entered content are the norm.

Money: Everyone thought the Internet was the secret to get rich. Investors everywhere proceeded to overfund and overvalue every company that was remotely tech. Business plans were optional as long as you mentioned the word Internet.

Speed: There were voices of broadband springing up in communities all over North America, finally the speed people need to make the internet useful. Napster and P2P sharing starts taking over the world, RIAA starts to complain and begins suing college students.

Post Nasdaq Meltdown:

Population: New craze takes over with user generated content and dynamic web pages. Python, Ajax, and Ruby are the new languages to learn. Google Maps puts AJAX and Web Application online.

Speed: Broadband is widespread in North America and adoption is fast around the world. Fiber to the home, is the new trend to come.

Money: Right after the crash, all investors started tightening their grips on their wallet. All technology startup have sound business plans, and the level of funding has come down dramatically from their sky-high levels.

Trends for the future:

Social networking and client generated content will take over admin generated content. Software as a service is the new trend defining the web. Make the tools and let people use them, while being targeted by advertising. Digg and Reddit, or similar sites will take over as a major source of news. It replaces the editor, which is personal beliefs, with the tastes and interests of millions. Service improves.