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Monday, March 06, 2006

Back to the Future of the Web

It's looking like 1995 all over again. The web is going to breath new life into the economy as investors start throwing money at online properties and emerging technologies enhance ecommerce.

Back then it was Java, the browser wars, Flash, and dynamic HTML that put the (inter)face on the internet. While last time around any i- e-company was sure to attract millions in VC, this time investors will be more fastidious in assessing where to direct their moola (although I'm not so sure that NBC didn't overpay for iVillage).

This time it will be Ajax, mashups, RSS and other Web 2.0 technologies that give the new web its identity. The first web wave gave us the retail web and electronic transactions; now the local web will be the focus, along with the media web, as broadcast and print companies take advantage of new technologies to shore up sagging revenues and maybe even grow.

By John Gartner at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

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