World Wide Web At 20: 12 Milestones
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5/6/2013 | 3:53:50 PM
re: World Wide Web At 20: 12 Milestones
Whoa, Mr. Claburn! You are off by 10 years! Adobe did not buy Macromedia until 2005, with the sole intent of acquiring Flash. I know, because Adobe left a lot of us Macromedia Freehand users very unhappy when it discontinued the vector illustration program in favor of Illustrator.
Thomas Claburn
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5/3/2013 | 11:42:01 PM
re: World Wide Web At 20: 12 Milestones
That shift involved what used to be known as Ajax. It probably deserves mention on the list, but it's captured in some ways in the JavaScript entry. I see Ajax sort of as a dry run for HTML5. YouTube has a lot to do with Flash video. And the business models deserve their own list, apart from the tech.
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5/3/2013 | 5:13:53 PM
re: World Wide Web At 20: 12 Milestones
One always faces compromises when writing a list like this. I wonder how to characterize the dot com boom and bust, where hundreds of small companies tried to make their business models work on the web (ordering groceries, anyone?) and many were ahead of their time. Perhaps a note about YouTube, and the advent of video streaming to a wide audience. When did the web move from being mostly one-way information browsing (web 1.0) to interaction, including web forums (web 2.0)?

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