Going Back in Time


While cleaning out some papers recently, I ran across the “Program, Proceedings, and Attendee List” for the 4th International World Wide Web Conference.  (The fact that I’ve held on to this since 1995 is not the point….although I may address this in a future blog.)

As I flipped through the program, I was struck by the state of Internet technology 14 years ago.  See if you remember any of these (extra points if you a actually used them):

  • Mosaic CCI
  • Netscape
  • Lycos

The list is short, which highlights the beauty and wonder of the Internet: It is timeless.  The tools may have changed; but, for the most part, we were talking about the same issues in 1995 that we are today:

  • Security
  • Collaboration
  • Micropayments
  • Accessibility

Yeah, the version of HTML has changed.  Collaboration has morphed into “Web 2.0/Enterprise 2.0.” And who uses Netscape anymore?  And security is still a hot topic.  But the Internet itself is largely the same.

I hope that 15 years from now I’ll still have the same sense of wonder about the tool that helps us to do so much.

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