Why only fools and children use portals by Paul Carr

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Monday July 28, 2003

Once upon a time, when Tony Blair was popular, Barry Sheen was alive and jeans didn’t come with those strange yellow fake dust stains on them, there lived three kings. These kings, called AOL, Lycos and Yahoo!, shared control of the kingdom of Internetia.

For many years the kings ruled with an iron hand; it was almost impossible to work, rest or play in Internetia without the permission of at least one of them. Internetia had vast natural deposits of news, information and shopping but the three kings were greedy, hiding these valuable resources away from ordinary citizens behind a wall of top stories, featured partners and stock quotes….

by Paul Carr
The Guardian – link here

Posted in Technology Review.

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