“Hello, World!” – Again and again…

During the good old Dot-com days, it was really exciting to head over to Geocities to create your own “home page” and impress your family and friends in the process.

The aspiring web developer of yesteryear would:

  • overload the web page with lots of colors and pictures
  • writeup uninteresting text (possibly ALL IN CAPS) that only a few people would care about or understand
  • put some copyrighted MIDI music playing in the background
  • provide enough personal information that someone could either stalk or steal the identity of the web developer
  • create a “guest book” so visitors could read / write comments to know / say how great the web developer was
  • provide a virtual “shout-out” to their friends by having links from their home page to their friend’s – after all, there is no harm inferring that you have lots of friends

At some point the aspiring web developer would place a web counter on their home page as a way to revel in their own successes – bonus if the counter didn’t track unique visits.

Regardless of what was published, there was a sense of accomplishment to witness the fruits of your labor. Most importantly, the best part of publishing your web site in the Dot-com era was the status of “cool” that you received from family and friends. What web developer wouldn’t enjoy hearing people say: “Did you see so-and-so’s web page? There’s a web counter on it!”

Then several things would happen:

  • the family and friends of the web developer would stop visiting because they become bored with the unchanged content
  • the web developer realized that trying to come up with new pages and content was turning into a full-time job
  • the novelty of the web counter wore off

Once this happened, many home pages were abandoned, deleted, or forgotten altogether.

However, when we fast forward to today we see that things are different.

The phenomenon of Web 2.0 services such as social networking is reshaping the Internet and how people are interacting with each other. Some excellent examples of this are MySpace, Friendster, and Flickr.

Now a days you can sign up to become a member on these social networking sites to create a blog or a space where you can:

  • overload the web page with lots of colors and pictures
  • writeup uninteresting text (possibly ALL IN CAPS) that only a few people would care about or understand
  • put some copyrighted MP3 music playing in the background
  • provide enough personal information that someone could either stalk you or steal your identity
  • create a comments section so visitors could read / write comments to know / say how great you are
  • provide a virtual “shout-out” to your friends by having links from your space to theirs – after all, there is no harm inferring that you have lots of friends

Well this is it for my first blog entry. I’m really excited. After creating so many failed personal web pages / sites over the past 10 years, I really do think that things will be different now thanks to advent of social networking and Web 2.0.

I THINK I’LL HEAD OVER TO MYSPACE NOW TO SEE ABOUT BECOMING A MEMBER. I MIGHT HAVE A COUPLE DEEP DARK SECRETS TO SHARE AND PERHAPS I’LL EVEN POST SOME PERSONAL INFORMATION TOO. FINALLY, FOR THE PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE, I’LL ADD A COUNTER TO MY SPACE: THAT’S A SURE FIRE WAY OF ATTRACTING NEW FRIENDS AND STILL IMPRESS MY FAMILY AND CURRENT FRIENDS.

Mr. Web Counter

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3 Responses to “Hello, World!” – Again and again…

  1. andyash says:

    LOL and just to the point!)

  2. Johan Niemi says:

    Excellent writing. So true too. Keep it coming.

  3. Qplrqyjq says:

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