I can't make polls without a paid account, so feel free to leave whatever response you'd like on my comments page. I'm just asking this question to all and sundry: what has your experience been with "Web 2.0" been so far?
To clarify, the phrase "Web 2.0" was coined in 2004, as highspeed internet access began to replace dialup access, social networking sites and blogs were beginning to replace personal websites with guestbooks, and the use of java, CSS, flash, and PHP began to augment sites that had formerly been configured entirely using HTML. As someone who works in the tech industry (and who is getting back into web design) I have been taking a look at the source code of nearly every website I come across now, from business and news sites to blogs and personal sites.
I do feel a certain nostalgia for the era when personal websites were more rampant. I first went online in 1995 with AOL, when people were still using the phrase "Information Superhighway" with a straight face. AOL was "the internet" to me, until we signed on with Cyberramp, a local dialup ISP that went out of business in 1998 or 1999.
This last year has been the longest I have ever gone without personal internet access at home since '95 - though I've been able to get online with my laptop at places with free wifi, and I pretty much have unlimited access at work as long as I don't look at anything that's NSFW, so I don't really know if this counts.
I've had my MySpace account since 2003 (though I rarely use it) and my livejournal since May, 2004. This may seem kind of morbid, but the study of dead journals on DeadJournal
is actually an endless source of fascination for me, as I go back and look at the visual styles of journals that haven't been updated in four years or more. There's a certain "look" to them, just as there was about sites I remember from 1995 and 1996 that had little to no actual styling (plain black text on a gray background, or comic sans on pale yellow, for example) and the "This site is best viewed in I.E/Netscape"
icons from the browser wars back then.
What a long, strange trip it's been.