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As you may know, today is the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web. Hooray! #Web30 #ForTheWeb So, let's look at a really important part of its history: Did you know, from the start, the very first web browser was designed to help you read *and write* the web? This is IMPORTANT.
The web wasn't meant to be a jack in the box, where you turn the crank and every once in a while it scares the hell out of you. It was meant to be a box of legos — where you could play with it, sure, but you could take it apart & build anything you could imagine. We *create* it.
Perhaps the original sin of the web was that this ability was lost. Some of it was the primitive tools of the time made it hard to easily create web pages. But there were big commercial interests that wanted to separate consumption and creation on the web. And they won. For now.
Today, billions of people on the web think that "creating" the web is dumping your photos or videos or words into a large-scale commercial platform that somebody else sells ads around. But that is *not* what the web was born to be. That is not its fundamental design.
But this *can* change. There's no reason creating the web can't be accessible for everybody on the web. Countless millions of people share video online without being cinematographers, and many millions of people will create *real* apps and websites without being developers.
This is the bet we're making at @Glitch, and so far it's exceeding even our most optimistic ambitions. Millions of people have shown they want to create the web together, express their ideas, respect users, and own their work. It's no surprise; that's what the web was born to be.
At 30 years old, the web is at a crossroads, and perhaps in crisis. It's entirely in our hands whether the next 30 years of the web is something we create, or if the future of the web is something that happens *to* us. glitch.com/culture/the-we… #Web30 #ForTheWeb
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