Happy Birthday to Yahoo, which is celebrating its 10th birthday with not only a big Yahoo, but a “netrospective”.
“What the yahoo is a netrospective?”, you may ask.
Apparently it’s a cute play on words – a retrospective with respect to the Internet. In this case Yahoo’s netrospective is a survey of the top 100 ..something. Based on Jonathan Harris’ 10×10 news site, the Yahoo netrospective offers a 10×10 grid of 100 pictures, each of which is linked to an Internet event or phenomena from the past ten years, and apparently picked at least in part by determining the top 100 search terms.
Interestingly, these feature many Internet nasties, including spam, viruses, hackers, domain jacking, browser wars, and sex. Ok, that last isn’t an Internet nasty – unless it’s done right.
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Interestingly there are only two people featured by their actual name, unless you count “Dot Com Guy”, and they are Howard Dean, and Minor Threat. Hopefully you know who Howard Dean is, and if you don’t, you need to spend less time on the Internet and more out in the real world. Or maybe vice veresa.
Minor Threat was the hacker ordinarily known as Chris Lamprecht, and who has the dubious distinction of being the first person to be kicked off the Internet as part of the terms of his sentencing. As in “thou shalt not log on to the Internet again, at all.”
In addition to offering the netrospective, Yahoo users can also get a free ice cream just by logging in and printing out a coupon for Baskin Robins.
33 flavours, 100 pictures, 10 years.
Happy Birthday, Yahoo!
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