I limiti di internet che ci hanno portato a Facebook

Mike Caulfield, in un commento a questo post:

You look in 1993 and see Guido Van Rossum and Berners-Lee arguing that instead of an IMG tag there should be a general “include”, that would allow you to pull together pieces of multiple sites together from multiple MIME types. Twenty years later, there’s still no include.

You see Shirky and Weinberger talking in 2003 about how the web was designed to connect pages, not people, and the groups forming were essentially hacks on top of that. But that power to connect people doesn’t get built into the protocols, or the browser, or HTML. It gets built on servers.

It’s almost like the web’s inability to connect people, places, and things was the ultimate carve-out for corporations. [I]f the connections have to live on a single server (or server cluster) then the company who controls that server wins.

Come sottolinea Frank Chimero, l’assenza di un protocollo per connettere le persone ha permesso la nascita di Facebook, la difficoltà d’uso degli RSS hanno facilitato l’ascesa di Twitter e l’inesistenza del tag <include> nell’HTML ha portato alla creazione di Pinterest: ogni azienda che è riuscita a monopolizzare un settore di internet è stata in grado di farlo per una mancanza nel protocollo, nelle specifiche o nell’interfaccia.

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