100 Ideas that Changed the Web

By Jim Boulton

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  • Paperback
  • 226 illustrations (183 colour) illustrations
  • 216 pages
  • 8⅝ x 6⅝ ins
  • ISBN 9781780673707
  • Published August 2014

This innovative title looks at the history of the Web from its early roots in the research projects of the US government to the interactive online world we know and use today.

Fully illustrated with images of early computing equipment and the inside story of the online world’s movers and shakers, the book explains the origins of the Web’s key technologies, such as hypertext and mark-up language, the social ideas that underlie its networks, such as open source, and creative commons, and key moments in its development, such as the movement to broadband and the Dotcom Crash. Later ideas look at the origins of social networking and the latest developments on the Web, such as The Cloud and the Semantic Web.

Following the design of the previous titles in the series, this book will be in a new, smaller format. It provides an informed and fascinating illustrated history of our most used and fastest-developing technology.

About the Author

Jim Boulton is the curator of ‘Digital Archaeology’, an event that celebrates the golden age of the website and raises the profile of web archiving. The show has featured as a key part of Internet Week, gaining global media coverage and support from The British Library, The Library of Congress and Google. He is also organising an exhibition at London’s Barbican of 100 objects that plot the digital revolution.

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1. The Mundaneum 2. The Space Race 3. Hypertext 4. The Modem 5. Graphical User Interface 6. The Mouse 7. Mark-up Language 8. Computer Lib 9. PC 10. The Internet 11. ISP 12. Bulletin Boards 13. Cyberpunk 14. TCP/IP 15. Desktop Publishing 16. Hypercard 17. GIF 18. Emoticon 19. DNS 20. The Project 21. Browser 22. The Jpeg 23. Cookie 24. Pornography 25. Search 26. Wi-Fi 27. Open Source 28. Netiquette 29. Apache Web Server 30. Content Management Systems 31. Hackers 32. Web Analytics 33. Multi-player Gaming 34. Web Blog 35. Web Standards 36. Geocities 37. Banner Ad 38. eBay 39. User-centred Design 40. Net Art 41. Internet Archive 42. Information Architecture 43. Chat 44. CSS 45. Metadata 46. The Webby Awards 47. Paid Search 48. Web Mapping 49. Webcam 50. Macromedia Flash 51. Web Mail 52. Internet Meme 53. Paypal 54. Ecommerce 55. The Drudge Report 56. RSS 57. Streaming 58. The Independence of Cyberspace 59. Blair Witch 60. Dotcom Crash 61. Peer-to-Peer 62. WebTV 63. Viral 64. Wiki 65. Infographics 66. Virtual Reality 67. Captcha 68. Photo-sharing 69. Broadband 70. Podcast 71. The Long Tail 72. Social Networking 73. Folksonomies 74. Perpetual Beta 75. Online Dating 76. Streetview 77. Casual Gaming 78. Mash-up 79. YouTube 80. Twitter 81. QR Codes 82. The Real-time Web 83. Mobile Web 84. User-generated Content 85. Aggregation 86. The App Store 87. Crowdsourcing 88. Creative Commons 89. Collaborative Filtering 90. Game Mechanics 91. Ajax 92. Open Architecture 93. Geolocation 94. Internet Election 95. The Cloud 96. Typekit 97. Tablet Devices 98. Responsive Design 99. Big Data 100. The Semantic Web