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passion+inspiration = innovation

Eric Marden
September 23, 2007

passion+inspiration = innovation

A brief history of the internet -- from the view point of building new features out of old ones.

Eric Marden

September 23, 2007

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  1. your passion will give you purpose surround yourself with people

    that share your passion your job shouldn’t pick your friends, your passions should
  2. BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of... being

    helped by hidden hands? JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time - namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be. Joseph Campbell once said:
  3. In the beginning... ... was the BBS. Users dialed up

    a server and left messages for each other.
  4. That gave way to... ... the Forum. Innovated by CompuServe

    as a way to ‘centralize’ the BBS system. Still required ‘permission’ and special ‘access’.
  5. Which became... ... the Message Board. Internet Version of the

    Forum. Access is (mostly) open to the internet at large. Still an asynchronous communication model
  6. Then the ‘me’ gene kicked in... ...And the Weblog was

    born. Satisfied both a publishing problem and a need to communicate. Comments were soon added, which created a ‘one person’ message board, of sorts.
  7. And then ‘Web 2.0’ arrived... RSS turned updates on its

    head. MySpace bastardized the blog and the private message. Twitter micro-sized the blog post. Pownce improved it and made it a group activity. And 1000s of other iterations...
  8. So what became of the conversation? Message Boards and Blogs

    evolved in separate spaces, serving different needs. Social networking turned the internet on its head. Then someone decided to marry the two...
  9. The Blog Forum or ‘Flog’ Drawing on obvious prior art,

    the Blog Forum was born by creating a new system to house the conversation.
  10. icon buffet: features And the Blog Forum... Posts are made

    and shown from the profile page Comments appear here too
  11. icon buffet: blog forum All posts are organized under a

    couple of different topics. Users can find the post in the Blog Forum or on the Profile Turns blogs into a community experience
  12. asoboo: features Lightweight Profile Allows your Flickr, RSS, and other

    Feeds to be plugged in for parsing on your profile Has a blog forum, but...
  13. asoboo: blog forum asoboo turns the Blog Forum concept inside

    out Everything is a comment - groups, blogs, etc. Every comment is shown on the Profile
  14. The post (comment) is the base unit of measurement of

    the conversation It’s not where you say it - It’s what you have to say.
  15. What would life be like if we had no courage

    to attempt anything? Vincent Van Gogh
  16. Do the thing you fear the most and the death

    of fear is certain. Mark Twain