October 2018 - Changing Internet.
someone who was into computers from an early
age I was quite late when it came to using
the internet. I had been using bulletin board
services via a computer modem for a number of
years before I signed up to the internet. It
was 1999 and I signed up with MSN as my
Internet Service Provider. I was so naive
back then and confused as to why I had both
MSN Explorer and Internet Explorer installed
even though they were both made by Microsoft
and did exactly the same thing.
take me long to start creating websites of my
own. I wasn't bothered by attracting lots of
views, even though many of them were popular
at the time, I simply made sites about
subjects I had an interest in. Gaming, anime
and sci-fi, to name a few.
Explorer contained an edit button so it was a
simple task to view the HTML code of someone's
website and see how they put it together.
People also often had a Links section on
their website too as to list other sites
containing similar subject matter. There was
always an email link too to send the website
creator a message.
some of my older websites I noticed how old
fashioned many of them look, with a Links
section and email option. Modern sites are
far more likely to have Facebook, Twitter and
other social network sites rather than an
email option. Linking to other sites however
is far rarer as I guess people don't want to
promote sites that are essentially their
thinking about other ways the internet has
changed over the years.
made websites are certainly on the decline
but in many ways this is more down to people
setting up Facebook groups about a particular
topic or fandom they are promoting.
noticed chat rooms have changed drastically.
They used to be a place for living out a
fantasy of pretending to be someone else but
not only do people tend not to do that
anymore they will often cry the word troll
when they point out someone isn't who they
claim to be. I've been called a troll for
splashing water in a virtual pool with
someone pointing out to me that the pool
doesn't exist. Ten years ago they would have
splashed me back and we would have swapped
anime pictures as selfies.
has changed drastically too. It's hard to
believe but there was a time when people just
posted their home movies and gaming clips for
the fun of it without monetising their vids
incorporating an ad. There's even been cases
of people copyright flagging people's content
for simply having the same idea as someone
else. As for the comments section it's now
beyond a joke with the amount of offensive
it that all the ads on adult sites take mere
seconds to appear on the screen, yet on
newspaper sites and Microsoft sites the ads
grind the page to a halt? I've never
understood that. Does this mean Pornhub
employs only the best talented programmers
while Microsoft doesn't? Makes you think.
much the only social network site people used
when I first got the internet was MySpace.
While it still exists its a mere shadow of
its former self, now there's a vast variety
each with their own distinct features. I use
Twitter a lot as well as Pinterest and
Facebook. In fact I have two Twitter accounts
with one specifically for gaming posts. In
the past it would have been a lot more fiddly
to post gaming screenshots and clips directly
to a website. Social networking is also a
good way to send people messages without
knowing their email address.
summary I think it's a mixed bag, with some
internet changes being for the worse and
others a great improvement. Where the
internet is heading is another matter
entirely. There's been a lot of talk recently
about net neutrality and how it's going to be
abolished. It basically means the Internet
Service Provider you use may choose to block
their competitors' sites if they so wish. An
ISP with its own movie player website may not
want its users using YouTube for example.
Whether this will work in practice however is
a totally different matter and I'm sure ISPs
that still keep net neutrality in place will
be the ones that remain popular.
An internet oldie.
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