Talks featured in the Deep Wild Web

A Selfie

Years ago, nearly a decade ago ore more, the web and its standards were in its inception.

Or don’t. Some of we — my apologies for being as pedant as to include me (this yours truly ) in the Hall of the Voices Fame — then so called freaks, or tender lovers, of the web standards practitioners, or the pinned semi-leaders for that Web 2.0 generation, were quite active with and into an Internet way of communication named mailing-lists. Call it, simply, “the list”.

Mailing lists preceded web forums and can provide similar functionalities. When used in that fashion, mailing list are known as discussion lists or discussion forums.

Mailing lists preceded, too, what we know today as the social networks, ( i.e.: think of Mailchimp, to mention a social mailing list ).

Networked communication was through the use of hypermedia, newsgroups in the Internets, places where those announcement lists could be seen like an analogy to our corporate daily activity stream news or personal wall.

An imitation of your physical life, because then you know mailing and public communications were traditionally done through the postal system.

Let’s imagine a society with another form of digital communication. This was then. Build upon the shoulder of our preceding giants. The Internet was, in the beginning of our century, still a field reserved to pioneers who really understood the potential of the medium, aside of its technological basis.

Yes, unnecessitious was a part of the medium, too.

We, subscribers and creators in those lists, were know as followers, without a leader. In this scenario, we call the leader, moderator. No likes, just dones. We are the mods.

One private observation: These links I present to you here in this post, contain information and data.

They were arbitrated on what we know today as UX/UI, on the need of the use of web standards considered as a fine art, on communication in the field of technology, or on human relationships that were located inside the business ecosphere. Other subjects of attention can be mentioned too. Virtual spaces and virtual cities.

Most of this public talks were preceding, were also the foundation, of what we know today as the Web 2.0: The slow process taking in the web to make subtly disappear the promoter admin figure.

Couple of those links and threads belong to the castillian-speaking audience. Yes, there is always a good reason to learn or practice a new language. The web was that reason.

You might find in these links (URIs) a sort of conversations and mumblings.

Some of these conversations were, far away from its needs, about the wired net. No references to protocols, no references to chips neither to storage, no mention either to any aspect of the web as a computational tool. No mention to technical publications. Not in a direct manner, indeed.

A mailing list is simply a list of e-mail addresses of people that are interested in the same subject, are members of the same work group, or who are taking class together.

You may face that this primitive form of publishing is not really far away from the tools we know and we use now to publish: Emoticons, attached files, polls, other features, et al. They represent the pleasure to talk and the need to communicate and to collaborate between us, human beings.

The most important feature of these links, these old data, is that you — dearest reader — have still disposable and accessible now through the use of our modern devices this golden jewels. That was why the web was invented for, isn’t that?

A final consideration: You might want to take all the information contained within, as a useful resource, or as an example of impersonal improvement. Think of them as a credential letter. Opened to the stream.

No sockpuppets. Good for you. Not even a selfie, self-promoter, besides the irony hidden in the title of this post.

Quite normal. In the year 2014, the self-ism was finally conceived as a not-really-good-thing to do.


Originally published at delfiramirez.blogspot.com on February 11, 2015.