Internet has become a crucial part of our everyday life. We have become so used to it that we do not realise or think about its inception. Have you ever wondered how and when was it born? How was life before that and how tremendously has it changed over the years since its birth?
‘The True Story of the Internet is a documentary TV series presented by John Heilemann, exploring some of the historically important aspects of the Internet since the mid-1990s. The documentary consists of four episodes, which narrate the entire story. View the following set of videos to enhance your knowledge about the Internet – something that has become as important as breathing for all of us.
1. ‘Browser Wars’
This documentary refers to the period of intense competition for dominance in the usage share of web browsers. The first war experienced between Netscape’s Navigator and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Netscape was the dominant browser across all platforms before Microsoft decided to enter the market in the 1990s and that is when the war began. The turning point came in 1997, when both companies released their 4.0 versions. To know who won the race, watch the video below.
2. ‘Search – The Rise of Google and Yahoo’
The name of the film says it all. The story is about how in short span of time since the birth of the Internet, a new and unique way of of finding information/search revolutionized the Web. Before 1995, search engines relied on databases of textual keywords to find relevant results. Whenever a user entered a search term, search engines such as AltaVista and Lycos would compare the search term to their databases of terms. The pages that had text most similar to the search term were considered to be more relevant and were featured higher in the list of search results. This did not always proved to provide beneficial results and improved search engines i.e. Yahoo and Google were discovered in 1994 and 1998 respectively. Watch the video for deeper insights and the rise of these search engines.
3. The Internet ‘Bubble’ of 2000
This part tells us about the dot.com crash of 2000 and the mainstays of the Internet i.e. Amazon.com and Ebay. The founders of Amazon and Ebay, Jeff Bezos and Pierre Omidyar, tell the stories of how their businesses grew from nothing to dominate the global economy. These companies changed the American lifestyle majorly.
4. ‘People Power’
This is the last part of the series. It tells us how the Internet has changed the society and new age entrepreneurs are shaping the world by making the web interactive. The communication was uprising all around us. New generation companies like YouTube, MySpace and Facebook, turned the web into a two way participatory and democratic medium controlled by no-one and shaped by everyone. As John Heilemann in the video says, “By now we all know the web has changed the world, but this is the story of how the world is changing the web.” It was termed as Web 2.0 time when the World Wide Web sites emphasized on user generated content and social networking. Towards the end of the episode, the Founder of Craigslist says: “The web is not just about making money, it’s about setting communication free.”
Internet has revolutionized the 21st century. It is dominating and influencing man’s everyday life. With time, new inventions have been made, all trying to make life as convenient as possible. In other words, people are living smart now (with the introduction of smart wearables and gadgets, all connected by the web).
The spread of knowledge and information regarding various things is also credited to the web. Now any kind of information that a man needs is just a click away. Net has changed tremendously over the time and has also majorly influenced people. It still holds massive potential and one can never predict what new invention the future might unveil.