I HAVE BEEN PRIVILEGED to see the evolution of internet content change since I first started an online journal in 1997. Along with Anil Dash, I believe a lot of the social dimension of our web has been eroded.
That conclusion probably surprises a lot of people who read the title of this blog post in their Twitterstreams. Why if you've got an account on The Twitter Machine and you've friends on The Facebook, aren't you happy with your place in the social web? Most are. But as Anil so clearly articulates, most don't know how company valuations and monetisation models have changed the underlying architecture of the social web.
If you're like Anil Dash and you "know your shit," you know the history of the social side of the internet. Unfortunately, most of the connected class knows the social web only through their apps or their handheld touchscreens. They don't know how the plumbing has been turned off, broken and realigned to benefit closed ecosystems that deliver a consistent experience.
I wish we had a truly social web, not the version that has evolved in the early part of the 21st century. And as I suggest in the audio clip below, I think I'll live to see a social networking platform evolve out of the shadow of the current dominant players who have attracted the billions of investment on the heels of the billions of online interactions that occur in a social world defined by silos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, and Google Plus.
Inspired by Anil Dash -- "The Web We Lost", on his blog, December 13, 2012. Photo shot with the gear I was using just before the iPhone launched in Ireland.