Whatever Happened To GeoCities, Lycos, Netscape & Other Giants Of Web 1.0?

Whatever Happened To GeoCities, Lycos, Netscape & Other Giants Of Web 1.0? – http://huff.to/1LOj2nv

A lot of web businesses got wrecked by de-innovation.  They had a good thing but then couldn’t stop screwing around with it.

That’s the plague of the web, staff rather than contract programmers.  They have to keep doing something to justify their employment so if they have something perfect, they’ll have to screw it up.

Yahoo, CNN, Huffingtonpost and many others wrecked their sites with tinkering.

We don’t leave for something better.  We aren’t looking for something better until they drive us away and drive us crazy with constant tinkering and overt stupidity. 

It’s the law of the Net.  If somebody has a great site that’s popular and firing on all cylinders, they’ll destroy it for absolutely no reason.

Take Yahoo, even with new management, it was a far, far better site ten years ago, more elegant, more user friendly.

Sites when they change, instead of using advances to do more of what was working, they put the site through a blender.

Worst so far, CNN’s devolution to focusing on video.  They had been one of the more resistant to the crappification of the net, but the latest is just awful.

Video for news isn’t evolution, it’s devolution. It is inherent in the medium that it slows communication down because most people can read much faster than others speak.  It’s also useless for citations because you can’t cut and paste.  It also stops skimming for real content.  Even most articles with meaningful content are at least 2/3 blah, blah, blah.  When reporters think they’re being clever, more often they’re trite, irrelevant and annoying.

I can pick up the meaningful content in most written articles in 10-20 seconds, I can’t stand sitting through several minutes of agonizing smug blather to see if they ever get around to saying anything interesting.


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