Web 2.0? Let’s Go Back to the Future

Web 2.0? Let’s Go Back to the Future

Just doing my typical morning run through my bloglines — yes I am back to bloglines after a stint on NetNewsWire Pro — and I came across probably the best learning opportunity of the year … The Web 1.0 Conference. Quite possibly the funniest thing I’ve seen lately in the geek culture that I call home. If you were around back in the day, then you’ll get it.

It reminded me of the conferences and sessions I used to attend when I was a WebMaster for Cogence Media in 1995. Those were the days when you could walk into the office of your company’s president and tell him about the power of the Internets and have him just sort of look at you with a glazed over look that said, “WTF are you talking about?” Yes, I did time as a corporate webmaster — I am not ashamed to admit it. As a matter of fact, we did some really nice stuff with shockwave and, wait for it, frames. Too cool.

At any rate, I have spent the last 18 months or so screaming at the top of my lungs about this Web 2.0 stuff … people are starting to get it in pockets and there are some good conversations going on out there about what it really means. Before we get way to far out in front, it might be time to go back and rediscover the beauty of the blink tag. Oh, those were the days.

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