40 years online

The Internet is only barely older than I am: for the past 40 years, we’ve grown up together. In this series I look back at four decades of life online, and to see how key historical moments in the life of the Internet shape the challenges and choices we face in our online lives today. This 40 posts in this series were written as a 40-day blogathon leading up to my 40th birthday.

40 tips on how to make the most of your life online

40 tips on how to make the most of your life online

How can you make the most of your time online? For my 40th birthday, I’d love to hear your answer to that question. (Tweet it with a link to this page, or leave a note in comments, below.) I’ve spent the past 40 days looking back at the Internet, so...
7 lessons about our online future from our online past

7 lessons about our online future from our online past

We lived on farms and then we lived in cities and now we’re gonna live on the Internet. — Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network When The Social Network came out in 2010, I enjoyed the movie but felt frustrated at its lack of perspective on the very phenomenon...
Bing helps us search for the meaning in our tech choices

Bing helps us search for the meaning in our tech choices

It’s not easy to break into a market that is dominated by a player whose name is literally synonymous with an entire product category. In a world that uses “Googling” to refer to the very act of searching for something online, it’s a wonder...
Why we need to remember life before the Internet

Why we need to remember life before the Internet

“What did kids do before there were iPads?” our kids asked us last week. This question was astonishing not just as an indicator of how central the iPad has become to our family life, but of how incredibly short our kids’ memories are. “What do...
The Lonely Princess: A Social Media Fairy Tale

The Lonely Princess: A Social Media Fairy Tale

Wondering how you can get your kids to think about the pros and cons of social media and social networking? This fairy tale introduces the joys of life online and the stakes of choosing between different online communities.

8 ways writers can make the most of online video

8 ways writers can make the most of online video

I’m a text girl in a video world. At least, that’s how I feel as I type-type-type my way through these 40 days, while hearing all the while about how nobody reads anymore.  For this, I can thank YouTube. YouTube launched in 2005 and in just 6 years has...
What we can learn from delicious and the tagging revolution

What we can learn from delicious and the tagging revolution

Yesterday, the social bookmarking service delicious was retrieved from the Yahoo! remainder bin by none other than YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. When delicious launched eight years ago, it rapidly became one of the favored web services of the emergent...
6 web technologies that don’t suck anymore

6 web technologies that don’t suck anymore

If you placed a Skype call in 2003, you might remember the joys of echo-filled connections and dropped calls. The service may not be bullet-proof today, but the improvement is remarkable. What was once a service you use in spite of the glitches is now a service you...
8 browser extensions that will make you more productive

8 browser extensions that will make you more productive

In 2002, Mozilla developed the first version of the code that would ultimately turn into the Firefox browser. There’s a lot to love about Firefox, but to my mind its greatest impact has been the introduction of browser extensibility. It’s now not only...
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