Here’s to Frannie

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 UTC

Here’s to the non-believers; to the people who have not yet realised that Japanese people have been doing blogs for diaries since around 1994 [you know who you are]. Here’s to those to whom the term Web 2.0 might seem obscure:

The Blog as described by Wikipedia, the omniscient.

The Blog seems to be the utmost materialisation of the Web 2.0 revolution. Web 2.0 is akin to saying “second version of the internet,” implying improvement. Originally, the internet was a chaotic pandemonium:

  • Standards were practically inexistent.
  • Organised access to content was rare.
  • There was no true interaction between users.


Well, it all goes back to the time of the Cold War. Back in the day, the former Soviet Union launched the Sputnik. The United States could not go along without worrying about Nuclear Winter and the like. In order to be able to counterattack in case of a mishap, the United States began research on ways to keep communicated and be able to control the nuclear arsenal. The concept was born: A decentralised network of computers would send information in pieces that could be re-sent by the originator of the message in case of interruption. This is called a packet-switched network.

The system would allow people to communicate and nuke the Soviet Union from any connected computer, no matter what. ARPANET was built, and several universities in the California area were connected at the obsolete speed of fifty kilobits per second. Since not much information could be sent at such a slouchy speed, an efficient method of communication was to be designed. E-mail was born.

TCP/IP was invented. Now it was possible to interconnect computers using complex numbers such as 127.0.0.1 [Home, sweet home.]. DNS was born; now there is no need to memorise those cheeky numbers: it is as simple as typing “http://www.google.com/.”

Faster connections developed quickly, and soon there were transatlantic connections going as fast as one and a half megabits per second, known as T1. T3 soon followed and internet grew at a preposterous rate; with the slight complication of having no solid standards. The World Wide Web Consortium(W3C) was born.

The As of 1996 with well over fifteen million users, user-made content exploded, but not without missing standards and people doing very interesting things. The standards were reinforced thanks to the standard-compliant web-browsers. Curiously enough, Internet Explorer, one of the most widespread web-browsers is not one of these. Try Firefox instead.

With a growing number of not so tech-savvy users, simpler forms of producing content appeared, namely weblogs (antique for “blogs”). These users’ willingness to interact socially through internet led to a revolution, known as the Web 2.0 Revolution. Within this new framework, the users were finally able to interact, comment, publish, et al, at the click of a button without any advanced knowledge… Internet for human beings.

A numberless amount of “bloggers” [those who “blog”] has appeared over the years. And now because of wonderful tools for organising and accessing content, such as Google, user-generated content is at the tip of the finger.

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3 Responses to “Here’s to Frannie”

  1. Frannie Says:

    DOMENZAIN! hahaha i believe you now…

  2. Mr. Queasy Says:

    Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.
    Remember… all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.


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