The World Wide Web became public domain 30 years ago, on 30 April 2023. And it all went downhill from there 😅
Joking, since part of why the web became the ascendant way to access the internet until the rise of siloed phone apps is because it was an alternative to Gopher, which started to charge licensing fees for use. As we well know now, users will always choose the free option online, and technologists will always choose the systems that they can freely modify.
I love to make things for the web. I love to share the things that I make. I’m even trying to turn that into a job of its own now, outside of direct client work!
The web has done so much for me in my life, but I have to acknowledge that it has done a ton of harm too. Anywhere that humans can congregate, we will find ways to denigrate and attack one another.
I believe that the web has overall been a net good. I can’t imagine a technology surviving for so long without people finding genuine use and value. There are ups and downs, but I just try to do my thing to add to the ups and decrease the downs.
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