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‘In Web 1.0 no-one had any children’

A quick detour from PhD work into Reboot stuff (I’ll blog more on it, only now things are much slower).

Ivan Pope in comments on my experiences of going to a conference with a baby:

Here’s my joke: Q: What’s the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0? A: In Web 1.0 no-one had any children.

I went through the nineties in the internet industry. No-one had any children. Mine were born in 1997 and 2000, so they just about bracket the crazy years. Now I’m doing the internet again, but this time everyone has kids. It does place a lot of constraints on what is possible (no jumping onto an aeroplane for a meeting at short notice), but it adds a hell of a lot too. As you say, it’s a grate icebreaker and subject for smalltalk. And it has mellowed us as well, we’re not so crazy for stuff, not so crazy to party and get on with work.

Raises a lot of questions. Why kids are becoming more visible at work now? Is it web2.0 or something else? More on that later.

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