“Banks used to issue their own currencies. You can see these old banknotes in the Smithsonian. ‘First National Bank of South Bumfuck will remit ten pork bellies to the bearer,’ or whatever. That had to stop because commerce became nonlocal—you needed to be able to take your money with you when you went out West, or whatever.”
“But if we’re online, the whole world is local,” Randy says.”
― Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
Can you believe that while the Internet has been around since 1969, the World Wide Web only turned twenty years old this May? The world’s first web page isn’t all that visually impressive. But without it, photoblogs and photo-sharing sites (BTW have you seen the new Flickr?) as we understand the term wouldn’t exist today. Thanks Tim!
P.S. Isn’t it odd that while the Internet is ripe to experience a mid-life crisis, the Web isn’t even old enough to drink (at least in the US)?