Internet (r)evolution

During my time in New York I was relatively active at writing my blog, so it is kind of a deja-vue experience for me to return to this kind of media. In sort of a coincidence I stumbled across an article at smashingapps.com showcasing a couple of corporate websites in their 90’s looks. With the help of The Internet Archive the possibilities seem endless or at least endlessly embarrassing: from an – in today’s standards – anything else but inviting McDonalds site to your personal Geocities homepage – you name it, you’ll find it there.

That’s the core of the Internet: anything you put out there, you cannot take back. It’s like any personal relationship. Anything said or done cannot be undone. It is just a matter of time until the latest generation of kids will have to realize that all the Facebook and MySpace ramblings they put out yesterday will bubble up at a Google search twenty years later when they are looking to find a new job. I doubt all HR managers in a hurry will take a closer look to investigate when precisely those alcohol-induced postings were created.

That’s the way the Internet keeps evolving. It’s the humming motors of the web – complaining teenagers, managers, grandmas and technologists are all alike here and they all contribute in one way or another. The web enables everyone to communicate and there is a constant development of new ways to speak, write, tweet, post, comment – simply to participate in this huge melting pot.

So I’m really pleased that HTML5 finally arrives with the latest release of Mozilla’s Firefox 3.5. For instance, it adds a so called “Canvas” tag which permits graphics-laden interactions with the user which previously were only possible with the help of Adobe’s Flash or Flex. 9Elements.com has a nice demo on its site showing some of the capabilities: they created a particle cloud where each particle represents a twitter post advertising the demo.

This whole HTML5 movement just proves one more time that it really is about time that Internet Explorer 6 finally caves and goes away. There is even an organized group effort working on it at www.bringdownie6.com. It’s a fact that it hinders the development of the Internet by lacking security and technology. Still there are many companies and government organizations having trouble with technology adoption due to out-dated policies. As a result, most people cannot choose their own web browser at their workplace – it’s dictated by their employer. As much as I understand a company’s need to streamline its hardware and software for easier maintenance I do wonder why anyone would stick to such an acquainted security problem as big as a barn door.

Whatever the web will bring us in the next years, I’m sure it will blow our socks off. Just think about it – Web 2.0, Ajax… it’s already so 2008. The (r)evolution has already started a long time ago.

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