A timeline of Internet History
Web historiography: the knot dot com
Web Aesthetics

A Facebook Timeline of Internet History

The concept of this student group project was to use Facebook’s means of user interaction as a storytelling tool. Inspired by similar Fakebook projects, our project uses friendship connections, events, groups and pages to tell a history of the Internet and new media.

Our idea was to articulate the importance of the relationship between builders and thinkers of Internet and new media by using Facebook’s interface as a storytelling tool. Facebook has not only changed the common notions of personal interaction through likes, shares and comments, but has also created a new way of looking at the history of a person or, in our case, technology. By narrating the story of new media through a mock Facebook timeline, we wanted to highlight that Internet history goes beyond a mere list of chronological events.

The result of the project, imagined with Mathias Schuh, Matthew Elworthy, Joseph Jackson, Paola Gulian, and Vince Dinga, can be found here.

Web historiography: the knot dot com

American "technology evangelist" Jon Udell was the first to create a video showing the evolution of a webpage, in his case the Wikipedia article on "Heavy Metal Umlaut". These screencast documentaries became a genre, and this is our contribution with theknot.com.

The knot.com claims to be the leader among wedding websites, offering a combination of wedding advice, tools, and shopping opportunities. Using screenshots provided by the Wayback Machine, we have examined 13 years of the The Knot website’s history in order to see how the online wedding business has developed over recent years.

Project with Maya Livio and Mathias Schuh.

Web Aesthetics - Vito Campanelli

It seemed like Vito Campanelli had asked himself; what has become of the web? And more importantly how didit come to be this way? In Web Aesthetics, How Digital Media Affect Culture and Society, he describes various web phenomenaand frames them in a historical and theoretical context, describing an aestheticization of reality and society.

Using a Facebook fan page to engage with the writing, we gave bits and pieces of the book (along with somecritical reflections) and also parts of a Skype discussion we had with Vito Campanelli. The narrative and story telling forminduced by the medium imitates the structure of the book which is clustered as Facebook posts ca be.

The result of the project, carried out with Juliana Marqués, Jeroen Rademakers, and Basri Hoogstrate can be found here.