Posts on Medium, on the other hand, are near-objectively beautiful and legible, but do they not tease a world where every book is bound in the same leather, and printed on the same paper with the same margins and typefaces? Perhaps sites like Medium provide a non-chaotic vision of the internet, one that has finally settled down to embrace real-world conventions that actually work. Or perhaps we’re ready to lose the training wheels these sites have imposed.
I first found MySpace while selling boats on the west coast of Florida in 2006. By the end of that year, I was hooked in equal measure by the ability to connect with near-forgotten friends and the opportunity to create a space on the web that was completely my own.
It was MySpace that first gave me a glimpse into the world of HTML. I tinkered with my profile until the wee hours, making sure that everything lined up just so, that every module was symbolic of some part of me that I wanted the world to see. When I switched to Facebook (as we all did), I loved the utility, but sorely missed the ability to make it my own.
So it is with particular fascination that I read Ellis Hamburger's latest piece on Tumblr's latest mobile offering, which bucks the trend of uniform profiles and brings a bit of MySpace-esque personality to the new mobile world.
It's a small step, but it may simply be the first in a march towards making the wider web our own.