Excellent Series on the History of the Web

It’s hard to believe, but the internet has been with us for 25 years now. Tim Berners-Lee submitted his ideas for what would become the World Wide Web 25 years ago, and there were few that could have imagined how massive and important the internet would become to billions of people around the world.

In celebration of the web’s 25th birthday, Eric Mack has been writing a four-part series for CNET. He just recently released the third part that covers the time of the emergence of the Web 2.0 philosophy, which still, for the most part, guides the web’s development today.

Despite having fled the problems of the bursting dot-com bubble and lacking much connection to the tech world, Mack actually heard about Web 2.0 concepts and watched them grow. In his series, Mack reminds us of the explosive beginnings of Web 2.0 and social media, discussing Friendster, MySpace, and then Facebook in 2004.

The latter two platforms seem like ages ago in internet time, but they were vital to planting the notion of a social web into the minds of users. Mack argues that thanks to these sites and the Web 2.0 philosophy, the web had “completed the transition from the fringes of youth culture to [become] the bedrock of its mainstream foundation.”

Mack masterfully puts together a clear picture of how Web 2.0 concepts shaped the internet in the early 2000s. He likens that moment to the “maturing of web culture,” and he makes a strong argument to support his claim.

If you’re interested in learning more about the 25 years that the internet has been around, (which you probably are since you’re reading this), be sure to check out Eric Mack’s article with the link above. There are two other parts leading up to the early 2000s, which are excellently written as well.

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