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More on the history of the internet (this time the explosion of information production)

So yesterday I got through the first part of the revolution that was computers. Today I want o talk about reality in front of us. What is the internet? First off, the interest is a vast ocean of information. But, as I always tell people when I give information, and IT talks, you are standing on a 50-foot platform. Your mission is to dive into the internet headfirst. Based on that fact that much of the internet is less than an inch deep with real information, you get to choose when you dive. The internet has made three distinct evolutions in the past 20 years. I am exploding from the folks at CERN around 1992. The Mosaica project at the University of Illinois created a browser.

The web browser was the first evolution of the internet.  The next evolution was the reality of self-publication. Sites like Virily, and before it Niume and many others. More failures than you realize. More success than we probably realize as well. The last evolution of the internet occurred around the same time as the publication platforms, but it was more of a device platform change. Wireless or what we often call Smart Phones exploded on the scene. Publication platforms started to appear around 2002. The Smartphone appeared before that but didn’t explode onto the market until Steve Jobs stood on stage with an iPhone in 2007. Sometimes, it is critical to have marketing.

So what happens next is interesting. Publication without verification allows this post. Niume and Virily both had a period where you couldn’t directly publish your posts. However, Blogspot, Live, WordPress, and others allow people to create their blogs. The reality is that the “dis or miss” information is apart of what happened with the creation of more “un” managed information sources. The rise of mobility made many blogs even shorter and smaller to fit into the window of a smartphone or tablet. Information becomes the problem not the gold at the end of the rainbow. I have begun to consider searching on the internet to be like the game fish (if you need a 4, assuming that the other person isn’t holding 3) you would have a 1 in 9 chance of drawing a 4.) that is how I look at internet search now. If I am looking for specific information I try to go to the known good source for that information. If I am troubleshooting something, I got to that companies website.

  • There are three screens in the picture, right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Searching the internet is frustrating right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • It would be nice to see and know more about how Virily works right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Dis, Mis information is all over the internet?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Sources matter, right?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. The “dis or miss” problem, as you and I are old enough to know, has always been around. But thanks to the Internet the problem is multiplied more than ten thousandfold. But the reaction and response of humans should still be the same. VERIFY!! I don’t know why people think they should believe “a thing” just because … it’s on the Internet!

  2. Q: There are three screens in the picture, right?
    Yes (8 votes) – 100%
    Q: Searching the internet is frustrating right?
    Yes (4 votes) – 57%
    No (3 votes) – 43%
    Q: It would be nice to see and know more about how Virily works right?
    Yes (7 votes) – 100%
    Q: Dis, Mis information is all over the internet?
    Yes (6 votes) – 86%
    No (1 votes) – 14%
    Q: Sources matter, right?
    Yes (7 votes) – 100%

  3. It’s good to learn about Internet. I remember the first time to access Internet. I thought, aren’t I in another world not earth.
    I have an idea how the internet begun.
    Is the Netscape browser still in existence? It was the first browser to use. I miss it.

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