Ο Dash περιγράφει το web που γνωρίσαμε πριν από 10, 15 χρόνια και πόσα πράγματα που τότε θεωρούσαμε κατακτήσεις, έχουν πρακτικά χαθεί.
Five years ago, most social photos were uploaded to Flickr, where they could be tagged by humans or even by apps and services, using machine tags. Images were easily discoverable on the public web using simple RSS feeds. And the photos people uploaded could easily be licensed under permissive licenses like those provided by Creative Commons, allowing remixing and reuse in all manner of creative ways by artists, businesses, and individuals.
A decade ago, Technorati let you search most of the social web in real-time (though the search tended to be awful slow in presenting results), with tags that worked as hashtags do on Twitter today. You could find the sites that had linked to your content with a simple search, and find out who was talking about a topic regardless of what tools or platforms they were using to publish their thoughts.
Ten years ago, you could allow people to post links on your site, or to show a list of links which were driving inbound traffic to your site. Because Google hadn't yet broadly introduced AdWords and AdSense, links weren't about generating revenue, they were just a tool for expression or editorializing. The web was an interesting and different place before links got monetized, but by 2007 it was clear that Google had changed the web forever, and for the worse, by corrupting links.
In the early days of the social web, there was a broad expectation that regular people might own their own identities by having their own websites, instead of being dependent on a few big sites to host their online identity. In this vision, you would own your own domain name and have complete control over its contents, rather than having a handle tacked on to the end of a huge company's site. This was a sensible reaction to the realization that big sites rise and fall in popularity, but that regular people need an identity that persists longer than those sites do.
This isn't our web today. We've lost key features that we used to rely on, and worse, we've abandoned core values that used to be fundamental to the web world. To the credit of today's social networks, they've brought in hundreds of millions of new participants to these networks, and they've certainly made a small number of people rich. [...]
Ξέρω καλά ότι στην πλειοψηφία του, το κοινό αυτού του blog είσαστε άνθρωποι που δημιουργείτε στο web -γράφετε κώδικα, περιεχόμενο, επιρρεάζετε άλλους για το ποια υπηρεσία είναι καλύτερη κ.λ.
Ε, αυτό είναι ένα άρθρο που πρέπει να διαβάσετε -και τα σχόλια.
Είναι σημαντικό να ξαναθυμηθούμε τις αρχές που είχε τότε το web, να ευνοήσουμε και να δημιουργήσουμε υπηρεσίες και πλατφόρμες που τις ακολουθούν και τις αναδεικνύουν. Σήμερα, που το Internet είναι μέσο ενημέρωσης, επικοινωνίας, άσκησης πολιτκών δικαιωμάτων, καλιτεχνικής έκφρασης και επαγγελματικής δραστηριότητας, όλα αυτά είναι ακόμη πιο σημαντικά από ό,τι ήταν 10 ή 15 χρόνια πριν.