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October 27, 2008

Cleaning up misconceptions

I asked around for common myths and misconceptions about the web or the Internet that people found the most annoying and gave them the chance to put them right :)

1)  The Internet is not the same as the world-wide-web:
  • The Internet was invented by DARPA with ARPANET in 1969 (it is a global system of interconnected computer networks that interchange data by packet switching)
  • Tim Berners-Lee invented the world-wide-web at CERN in 1989 (it is a system of hyperlinked documents accessible via the Internet) - it was released in 1992.
2) Very little information is available online, that's why Google launched the Google books library  project.

3) No one owns the Internet (thankfully - at least not for now).  It is a collaborative information space.

4) Because Google is the most used search engine, it could be said that it dominates the www - Google certainly has a lot of clout.  Nobody owns the www either though.

5) You write a "post" and not a "blog" - The post is on your blog

6) Cookies are not spyware

7) Internet accelerators do not speed up your connection, they optimise how your system works with it.

8) The Internet won't die in 2012.  It was predicted that the Internet would become unusable in 2007. 

9) Yes, Yahoo could have acquired Google for $5 billion back in 2001

10) Setting up a database is not like excel

11) There is such a thing in computing as web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0

12) Web 3.0 is not the semantic web - the semantic web is an extension of web 3.0

13) No Chrome does not have a keylogger

14) Accessibility does not impose limitations on web design 

15) Microsoft is not developing the iLoo

Feel free to add your own to the list or argue one of them down, there are many many more that could be added to this list.

1 comment:

Vote For Me said...

5 - if people write a "blog" and call it that, that's what it'll be called, no matter if that's right or wrong. It's just the way language works, no point in trying to fight it.

7 - the end result is the same

8 - I agree, tech predictions suck.

12 - but there's no such thing as web 3.0?

15 - isn't Zune the iLoo?

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