A brief history of… and what came before it.
How to makewith emoji. Definitely one for the “cool and useless until some company popularizes it in which case it becomes immediately Cancelled Forever” basket.
If you want to know why I’ve pretty much never seriously run my site on a third-party host,2 this list is basically the answer.
A browser-based, well. Browser. In this case, the OG 1990 version, called WorldWideWeb.
Since it’s not necessarily obvious by modern standards, this is a fully working web browser, albeit one that only supports the version of HTML that existed in, literally, 1990. But it will still browse to any modern website (Document › Open from full document reference), and it’s definitely… interesting to see what works and what doesn’t.1
A way better “10 years” meme: how popular websites have changed over the last decade.
According to the
whois I just checked, 2019 is alis.me‘s ten year anniversary,1 although it was mostly just an email alias/redirect for most of that time and thus doesn’t really have a layout to go back to. On the other hand, 2019 is the twentieth anniversary of My First Blog,2 which was at LiveJournal… and that I still have access to (albeit never use).
… It’s probably for the best that most of all of that is gone, really.
The web isn’t a cool geek playground any longer. It is a vital part of everyday life. And decades of trying to find a way to monetise something open and decentralised took their toll. When I look back at when I started publishing on the web there was a genuine “build it and they will come”. Or, to be more precise, “write it and they will come” – as good content, structured in a clear way, was the big winner. To a degree, it still is, but the question is who will come.
Good content still gets you found. But it also invites a lot of people to quote, steal or find some other way to associate their – often terrible – products with it.
Christian Heilmann on the new web.
… Yeah I admit it. I just like the irony. Definitely go read the rest of the article, though, particularly you oldskool DIYers out there.