The web is only 15 years old and it transformed the world. The first website, ever, was published in late 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee and has been preserved for the future by W3C and you can see a copy of it here.
Since then, websites have changed the world and now they’re changing the web again. Yahoo and AOL did portals, and they did them so well that they practically killed the competition until technology allowed for something like Google and Blogger to arrive. But before Blogger and with the right message, MySpace and YouTube have changed the way younger generation thinks about the internet. I remember a beer’s slogan “your friends know why” put that beer on top of the list in Eastern Europe for years and MySpace “a place for friends” has the same impact in cyberspace. YouTube generated a video community so well that members lived every transformation of it with passion.
A quote from News Corp. CEO Peter Chernin : “If you look at virtually any Web 2.0 application, whether its YouTube, whether it’s Flickr, whether it’s Photobucket or any of the next-generation Web applications, almost all of them are really driven off the back of MySpace.”. Read it all in We Don’t Need Web 2.0 and see that he might be right as they’re actually leading the Web 2.0 revolution.
The way the internet is evolving is by putting you at the center and bringing you the world, the way you like it. The emphasis is, finally, on beauty and usability, and sees the impact it has on everything else and on you as well. The best article I came across on the changes the web is seeing is written by Michael Rogers and he’s asking: Can Web 2.0 change the world?. I’m saying yes and MySpace and YouTube are the real transformers as they changed with a swift move, the way we think about it.
Here is but a list of sites that have changed my world:
· eBay.com – the auction and shopping site
· wikipedia.com. – encyclopaedia
· napster.com, the music file sharing website, this shook some ground
· youtube.com. the video-sharing network
· blogger.com, Blog publishing system and the following myspace.com, amazon.com, slashdot.org, digg.com, flickr.com, photobucket.com that came with the same wave. And I’m only mentioning a few.
The web is now a space for interactivity, sharp and clean WebPages with bold and simple designs centered in your browser and linking to one another to bring your content up front. Bandwidth is no longer a luxury so, when you consider building a web presence, look above the fence and see what others are doing don’t be afraid to use graphics as dial-up lines tend to be less used anywhere. Now you can play games online or just use a web template to build a website with little headache and great impact.
Which websites widened your world?