Excerpt from a timely Louis Gray reality check
Keep in mind that in the fall of 2001:
Ten years of progress has delivered us a new world of realtime, a new world of smartphones, a world of mobile applications, a world centered around texting and instant notifications, one where friends can share news from any source to practically any destination, a world where anybody has the chance to have a voice, which can be shared to millions in moments if the content hits the right spot.
- Google was a private company with Eric Schmidt 6 months into his position of CEO
- Internet Explorer 5.5 was the dominant Web browser.
- The iPod was launched in October, to mixed reviews.
- Blogger was two years old, and 18 months from its sale to Google.
- Friendster hadn't launched yet.
- LinkedIn didn't exist.
- Mark Zuckerberg was in high school.
- The combined AOL Time Warner was 8 months old.
- Twitter was two companies away for Ev Williams.