Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’
Ben Hammersley, at FT.com, gives this capsule description of the Internet profile today:
The internet has come a long way since Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, turned on the first web server in Geneva on Christmas day 1990. Today, 2bn people are online; 800m of them are on Facebook. Every minute, 24 hours worth of video is uploaded to YouTube. Google, a company founded only 15 years ago, has a market capitalisation just short of $200bn and a mission statement that it intends “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” – something no one thinks unlikely or even remarkable. We now bank, shop, communicate, work and date through the internet. The internet has come of age. It is as defining an achievement for humanity as the Enlightenment or the industrial revolution.
This article includes a review of three books that are longer reports on the state of the Internet, or SOI.
- The Semantic Web | MIT World (mitworld.mit.edu)
- Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Seeks Voice-Enabled Internet in Africa (fastcompany.com)
- Journalists of the future need data skills, says Berners-Lee (guardian.co.uk)
Did a review of a book about Facebook. Here’s a quote:
But according to David Kirkpatrick, who for many years was a technology editor at Fortune, Facebook is more than big. It’s a “platform for people to get more out of their lives,” a “technological powerhouse with unprecedented influence across modern life” and an “entirely new form of communication.”
This has abosolutely nothing to do with the Facebook I know and use. Who is David K? Where the hell does he live on the Web? Sounds like investor fantasy to me!!!! I still exchange emails with most intelligent people that I know. But I guess that’s me and I’m not what Facebook is about!!!