June 10, 2023

My Generation

When we think of the “generation gaps” we usually think of TVs, Cars, Wars and Baby Boomers right?

We may even divide it musically by Siantra, Jazz, oldies, disco, and hip hop.

But what about on the internet? Clearer and clearer internet generations are starting to form.

I remember progressing from Prodigy to AOL then to Cable modems. Many kids today don’t even know what dialup is.

Remember IRC? Some of you may not even remember Napster, but I’m sure you’ve heard of kazaa.

The newest generation is the MySpace generation. Thankfully I missed this one (I missed livejournal too) I’d label the kids from 11 to 17 the “MySpace Generation”. Before myspace it was LiveJournal. Before that, only a few of us had blogs.

It used to be that blogs required technical knowledge, HTML skills, a domain name and webhosting. Live Journal changed that, and MySpace made it a viral popularity contest.

People used to only blog if they had something to say. Now we have hourly reports about “how cool Britney Spears is”, what Shelly from wisconsin had for lunch, or the hottness of the new boy that Suzy from Chicago is dating. How is this helping the web?

Not one person anywhere has ever once said anything productive or intelligent on a myspace account. Seriously, I challenge you to find something insightful from a MySpace domain. I mean, just look at the crap people are posting to their livejournal at this very second. (shows last 30 images uploaded to livejournal by all accounts)

I’m one for free speech and all, but I really don’t care if Jenny thinks she’s bisexual, Brad got dumped or Michelle really hates her mom because she won’t get her that cool new camera phone.

I hope our next internet “generation” at least offers something productive.

About Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones is an SEO from Detroit. By day he works as a manager of SEO & Analytics at SapientNitro where his team performs SEO for Fortune500 clients. By night he's either playing hockey or attempting to take over the world with his own websites - which he would have already succeeded in doing had it not been for those meddling kids and their dog. The views expressed here have not been paid for and belong only to Ryan, not any of his employers or clients. Follow Ryan on Twitter at: @RyanJones, add him on Google+ or visit his personal website: www.RyanMJones.com