Today is the 30th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s proposal for the world wide web. Reflecting on the web’s success and the new challenges, he writes:
Against the backdrop of news stories about how the web is misused, it’s understandable that many people feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good. But given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can’t be changed for the better in the next 30. If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.
I believe this. The goal of Micro.blog is to make the web a little better. Let’s get back to what made writing and sharing photos online such a wonderful experience, and get away from the problems of the massive social network platforms that dominate so much of our activity online.