When I started using the web

When I started using the web – which was when the web was born, in 1992, my usage patterns were what I would describe as “rhizomic”. It was branching and organic. Hypertextual, in short. One link would take me somewhere new – then to another somewhere new.

Now I find my web use is clustered around a small number of online publications and services. I flit from Facebook to Twitter. I use IMDB and Wikipedia. I find many of the links I follow take me to a few familiar destinations (including The Guardian, The Quietus, Read Write Web, Ars Technica, Wired, Boing Boing).

It makes me wonder – is it just me? If not, is your pattern of web usage? Wandering and wide? Services? Content driven? How are we using it now?

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