What the Internet Was Like in 2004

I was perfectly primed for the 2004 Web 2.0 internet having been blogging in relative obscurity for a few years and with enough spare time to carve a niche on the nascent Birmingham blogging scene. It was a heady time that effectively birthed our current social media nightmare, so this is a useful snapshot of where it all began from someone who documented it at the time on the Read/Write/Web blog.

Something significant was happening on the internet in early 2004, but we didn’t yet have a term for it. Blogging and wikis were encouraging ordinary people to write more on the web — you didn’t necessarily need to have technical skills anymore. At the same time, new websites like Flickr and del.icio.us (a web-based bookmarking service) were enabling people to share things online.