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100 QUOTES ABOUT THE INTERNET | and Funny Internet Quotes

Updated on January 3, 2014
Map of Cyberspace
Map of Cyberspace | Source

Quotes about the Internet: includes 100 quotations, funny Internet quotes, Internet sayings, famous quotes & quotes about World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee.

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Quotes about the Internet are difficult to capture from a Cyber world of 50 billion webpages. This collection represents a history of the World Wide Web itself.

These quotes are from the inventors of the Internet, contributors to the technology, website developers, users, anthropologists and philosophers.

Each quotation represents a light on the map of Cyberspace.

"These are the voices of those who created and of those who use the World Wide Web. Each voice on the Web, no matter how small, speaks of this era to the next generation and says, 'quorum párs magna fui ' – ' in which I played a great part.' "

"Quotations are word innovations."

– Writer Fox™

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Internet
Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Internet | Source

"The invention of the Web was the Big Bang of the Internet."

– Writer Fox™

Tim Berners-Lee Quotations about Inventing the World Wide Web

"I invented the Web just because I needed it, really, because it was so frustrating that it didn't exit."

"The concept of the Web is of universal readership."

"The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information."

"The story of the growth of the World Wide Web can be measured by the number of Web pages that are published and the number of links between pages. The Web's ability to allow people to forge links is why we refer to it as an abstract information space, rather than simply a network."

"The Web took off in all its glory because it was a royalty-free infrastructure . . . When I invented the Web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going to end in the U.S.A. If we had a situation in which the U.S. had serious flaws in its Net Neutrality, and Europe did have Net Neutrality, and I were trying to start a company, then I would be very tempted to move."

"Universality has been the key enabler of innovation on the Web and will continue to be so in the future."

"Web applications will become more and more ubiquitous throughout our human environment, with walls, automobile dashboards, refrigerator doors all serving as displays giving us a window onto the Web."

"Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design."

"You affect the world by what you browse."

"There are converging web-related issues cropping up, like privacy and security, that we currently have no way of thinking about. Nobody has thought to look at how people and the web combine as a whole – until now [2009].”

– Tim Berners-Lee

Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web
Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web

Written by Tim Berners-Lee - offers a compelling portrait of his invention

 

Tim Berners-Lee Quotes about the World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee

(Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee)

For most people, use of the Internet was not possible until the invention of the World Wide Web.

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web at CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland. He made the first successful hypertext communication on December 25, 1990. The first webpage went live on August 6, 1991.

In 1993, Berners-Lee wrote the first ad for the Web and published it on a German educational network.

Today, Berners-Lee is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Senior Researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S.

Privacy of information and Net Neutrality are his concerns today. These are very recent quotations from Berners-Lee:

"The Web took off in all its glory because it was a royalty-free infrastructure . . . When I invented the Web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going to end in the U.S.A. If we had a situation in which the U.S. had serious flaws in its Net Neutrality, and Europe did have Net Neutrality, and I were trying to start a company, then I would be very tempted to move."

"A related danger is that one social-networking site – or one search engine or one browser – gets so big that it becomes a monopoly, which tends to limit innovation. As has been the case since the Web began, continued grassroots innovation may be the best check and balance against any one company or government that tries to undermine universality."

– Tim Berners-Lee

Berners-Lee gave the following statements to New York Times reporter, Steve Lohr, at a 2009 technology symposium at the Embassy of Finland in Washington:

"I have worries about the Web, about the Internet, about any one, large party getting to control it. Because if you can control the Internet, if you can control the Web, if you can control what somebody sees, make it much easier to get into the website of one political party rather than another one, make it difficult for them to look at sites which are the wrong side from your point of view, then that's a very, very powerful tool."

"If you can spy on everything that I do, if you can spy on the clicks I make as I browse through the Web and what comes back, you know a lot more about me than if you had a camera set up permanently in my living room. It's very boring in my living room. But, when you see what I am anxious about, what I am querying for on the Web, and you know the types of cancer that people I know are suffering from, you might incorrectly conclude that I am suffering from that cancer and someone might be very tempted to up my insurance premiums."

– Tim Berners-Lee

Quotes about the Internet from Tim Berners-Lee
Quotes about the Internet from Tim Berners-Lee | Source

Tim Berners-Lee Quotes on Net Neutrality

Quotes About Tim Berners-Lee

Eric Schmidt Quote
(Dr. Eric Emerson Schmidt)

"If this were a traditional science, Berners-Lee would win a Nobel Prize. What he's done is that significant."

– Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Mountain View, CA, U.S.

Time Magazine Quotes

"Unlike so many of the inventions that have moved the world, this one truly was the work of one man . . . the World Wide Web is Berners-Lee's alone. He designed it. He loosed it on the world. And he more than anyone else has fought to keep it open, non-proprietary, and free . . . It's hard to overstate the impact of the global system he created. It's almost Gutenbergian. He took a powerful communications system that only the élite could use and turned it into a mass medium."

Time Magazine

Paul Allen
Paul Allen
John Perry Barlow
John Perry Barlow

Famous Internet Quotes

These famous Internet quotes are quotations from the significant movers and shakers of the World Wide Web. Each has a place in Cyber history.

Paul Garner Allen Quote

"Even before I helped to co-found Microsoft, I saw a connected future . . . I called that future The Wired World."

– Paul Gardner Allen, co-founder of Microsoft

John Perry Barlow Quotes

In 1996, John Perry Barlow used a term from a science fiction book to describe the Internet. He called it Cyberspace. Barlow published The Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace from Davos, Switzerland, on February 8, 1996. His manifesto has been published on more than 20,000 websites, garnering him the title of "the Thomas Jefferson of Cyberspace."

John Perry Barlow was a lyric writer for the Grateful Dead music group, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and is a Fellow with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, U.S.

"I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather."

"We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before."

"We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity."

"The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops."

– John Perry Barlow

Larry Page, co-founder of Google
Larry Page, co-founder of Google
Vint Cerf
Vint Cerf


Larry Page and Sergey Brin Quote
(Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin and Lawrence Page)

"The Web is a vast collection of completely uncontrolled heterogeneous documents."

– Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google [This quote is from their 1994 Stanford University paper, The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine, which was the basis of their founding of the Google search engine.]

Vint Cerf Quote
(Vinton Gray Cerf )

"The Internet is based on a layered, end-to-end model that allows people at each level of the network to innovate free of any central control. By placing intelligence at the edges rather than control in the middle of the network, the Internet has created a platform for innovation."

"The remarkable social impact and economic success of the Internet is in many ways directly attributable to the architectural characteristics that were part of its design. The Internet was designed with no gatekeepers over new content or services."

"Science fiction does not remain fiction for long. And certainly not on the Internet."

"I'd like to know what the Internet is going to look like in 2050. Thinking about it makes me wish I were eight years old."

– Vint Cerf, co-creator of the Internet, IP protocols and The Internet Society (ISOC), new employee at Google with the title of Chief Internet Evangelist

The first computer mouse
The first computer mouse

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke Quote

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

– Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008), British writer and inventor, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Doug Engelbart Quote
(Dr. Douglas Carl Engelbart)

"The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing."

– Doug Engelbart, inventor of the first computer mouse and part of the team that developed hypertext and networked computers

John Gage
John Gage | Source
Bill Gates
Bill Gates
Andy Grove
Andy Grove

John Gage Quote

"The Internet is not a thing, a place, a single technology, or a mode of governance. It is an agreement."

– John Gage, Director of Science, Sun Microsystems, Santa Clara, CA, U.S.

Bill Gates Quote
(William Henry Gates III)

"The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow."

"The Internet will help achieve 'friction-free capitalism' by putting buyer and seller in direct contact and providing more information to both about each other."

– Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, Redmond, WA, U.S.

John Gilmore Quote

"The Net [Internet] interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."

– John Gilmore, co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), San Francisco, CA, U.S.

Lev Grossman Quote

"The new Web is a very different thing. It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it's really a revolution."

– Lev Grossman, writer for Time Magazine

Andy Grove Quotes
(Dr. Andrew Stephen Grove)

"Just as we could have rode into the sunset, along came the Internet, and it tripled the significance of the PC."

"I'm a great believer in particularly being alert to changes that change something, anything, by an order of magnitude, and nothing operates with the factors of 10 as profoundly as the Internet."

– Andrew Grove, co-founder of Intel, Santa Clara, CA, U.S.

Joi Ito Quote
(Joichi Ito)

"Consent of the Networked will become the seminal book firmly establishing the responsibility of those who control the architecture and the politics of the network to the citizens who inhabit our new digital world. Consent of the Networked should be required reading for all of those involved in building our networked future as well as those who live in it."

– Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab

Andrew Keen Quote

"The history of the Web so far says that we are highly motivated to come up with ways to make sense of a world richer and more interesting than the constrained resources of the traditional media let on."

– Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur: How the Democratization of the Digital World is Assaulting Our Economy, Our Culture, and Our Values

Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch | Source
Paul Saffo
Paul Saffo | Source
Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt
Doc Searls
Doc Searls

Rupert Murdoch Quote
(Keith Rupert Murdoch)

"The Internet has been the most fundamental change during my lifetime and for hundreds of years. Someone the other day said, 'It's the biggest thing since Gutenberg,' and then someone else said, 'No, it's the biggest thing since the invention of writing.' "

– Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Managing Director, News Corporation, New York City, New York, U.S.

Paul Saffo Quote

"Each time you toss out a 'singing' greeting card, you are disposing of more computing power than existed in the entire world before 1950."

– Paul Saffo, Chairman Samsung Science Board, Consulting Professor School of Engineering at Stanford University, Fellow at Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow at Institute for the Future

Eric Schmidt Quote
(Dr. Eric Emerson Schmidt)

"The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had."

"We [at Google] don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about."

"The Internet is fast becoming a cesspool where false information thrives."

"Brands are the solution, not the problem. Brands are how you sort out the cesspool."

– Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Mountain View, CA, U.S.

Doc Searls Quote
(David Searls)

"The Net is the new underlying infrastructure for civilization itself."

– Doc Searls, former Sr. Editor of Linus Journal and fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.

Evgeny Morozov Quotes

Winner of the 2012 Goldsmith Book Prize and A New York Times Notable Book of 2011

"Morozov also demonstrates how the digital tools so useful to citizens in a free society can be co-opted by tech-savvy dictators, police states and garden-variety autocrats to spread propaganda and to track (and arrest) conveniently networked dissidents."

– New York Times, February 6, 2011

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Funny Internet Quotation

Peter Steiner Internet Quote
Peter Steiner Internet Quote

Funny Internet Quotes

Peter Steiner Quotes

"On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."

– Peter Steiner, American cartoonist (Steiner published this caption to a cartoon in The New Yorker on July 5, 1993. It is the most reproduced cartoon ever to appear in the magazine.)

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Funny Internet Quotes
Funny Internet Quotes
Ken Olsen
Ken Olsen
Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson

These funny Internet quotes trace the initial concept of the computer and time-travel through the early World Wide Web as the perception changed.

Thomas John Watson, Jr. Quote

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."

[said in 1943] – Thomas Watson (1914 - 1993), president of IBM from 1952 to 1971

Ken Olsen Quote
(Kenneth Harry Olsen)

"There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home."

[Said in 1977 at the Convention of the World Future Society in Boston, Massachusetts.]
– Ken Olsen (1926-2011), co-founder and former President of Digital Equipment Corporation, which merged with Compaq in 1998 and with Hewlett-Packard in 2002

Bill Gates Quotes
(William Henry Gates III)

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."

– Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, Redmond, WA, U.S. [said in 1981]

Brian Hugh Warner Quote
(Marilyn Manson)

"The Internet is the trailer park for the soul."

– Marilyn Manson, American rock musician

John Stewart Quote

"The Internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom."

– Jon Stewart, American comedian and author

Young-ha Kim

“The artistic desire reveals itself in dark form – in karaoke bars [or] trolling on the Internet.”

– Young-ha Kim, South Korean Novelist

Michael Anti

“Chinese national Internet policy is very simple: Block and clone.”

– Michael Anti, Chinese journalist and political satirist

Al Gore
Al Gore
Dan Quayle
Dan Quayle
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.com
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.com
Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton

Al Gore Quote
(Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.)

"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet."

– Al Gore, former U.S. Vice President [He was referring to legislation in 1986 to interconnect five supercomputer centers. The first Internet servers had actually been hooked up seventeen years earlier.]

Dan Quayle Quote
(James Danforth Quayle)

"If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check."

– Dan Quayle, former U.S. Vice President [He is remembered for his famous misspelling of the word potato at a spelling bee for grade school students.]

Sergey Brin Quote
(Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin)

"The name was supposed to be 'Googol,' which is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeroes. It was before the Google spellchecker existed."

– Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google with Larry Page

Marissa Ann Mayer Quote

"The prime reason the Google homepage is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn't know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. In fact, it was noted that the SUBMIT button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only way to burst Google into life."

– Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! and former VP and engineer at Google, Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.

Bill Clinton Quote
(William Jefferson Clinton)

"When I took office [in 1993], only the high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the World Wide Web . . . Now even my cat has its own [Web] page."

– Bill Clinton, former U.S. President

Professor the Lord Alec Nigel Broers Quote

"The Internet is like the wild west."

– Baron Alec Broers, Chairman of the U.K. House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

George D. Lundberg Quote

"Information on the Internet is subject to the same rules and regulations as conversation at a bar."

– George Lundberg, M.D., Editor-in-Chief Medscape.com

Betty White
Betty White
FaceBook
FaceBook
AOL
AOL

Betty White Quote
(Betty White Ludden)

"I didn't know what Facebook was, and now that I do know what it is, I have to say, it sounds like a huge waste of time. I would never say the people on it are losers, but that's only because I'm polite. Needless to say, we didn't have Facebook when I was growing up. We had phonebook, but you wouldn't waste an afternoon with it."

– Betty White, American actress, from her appearance on the U.S. television comedy show, Saturday Night Live

Bill Maher Quote
(William Maher, Jr.)

"Can we go back to using Facebook for what it was originally for – looking up exes to see how fat they got?"

– Bill Maher, American comedian

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers issued this statement:

"Facebook holds the distinction of being the unrivaled leader for online divorce evidence with 66 percent citing it as the primary source."

Clifford Stoll Quote

"If you don't have an e-mail address, you're in the Netherworld. If you don't have your own World Wide Web page, you're a nobody."

– Clifford Stoll, US astronomer, computer scientist and author

Jan Horsfall Quote

"AOL is like the cockroach left after the nuclear bomb hits. They know how to survive."

– Jan Horsfall, founder and CEO gelazzi.com, formerly Vice President of Marketing for Lycos

Gene Alvarez
Gene Alvarez
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

by Tim Wu "How a battle royale for Internet's future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune ou

 

Quotes About the Internet

The quotes about the Internet cover a range of viewpoints and perspectives. This collection of quotations is a cross-section of comments from people you will recognize.

Gene Alvarez Quotes

"Flash in the desert only works for Las Vegas. Website flash in cyberspace is only lost in the void."

"Gone are the days when organizations could compare their website with only those within their given industry. Instead, customers – whether B2B, B2B2C or B2C – compare user experiences from consumer sites with business sites, and these customers seek the same capabilities from all the sites they visit."

– Gene Alvarez, Research Vice President, Gartner, Stamford, CT, U.S.

Dr. Mark Bernstein Quotes

"Hypertext, as Nelson [Ted Nelson] originally wrote, is interlinked reading and writing. Links make hypertext."

"Hypertext is an idea. The Internet is a medium. They grow up beside each other, they influence each other, and their evolving relationship will probably provide a great story for future biographers."

"The living Web unfolds in time, and as we see each daily revelation we experience its growth as a story."

"Imitating paper isn't the goal; the goal is surpassing paper."

– Mark Bernstein, Chief Scientist, Eastgate Systems, Watertown, MA, U.S.

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos
Tony Blair
Tony Blair
Stewart Brand Internet Quote
Stewart Brand Internet Quote

Jeffrey Preston Bezos Quote

"If there's one reason we [Amazon.com] have done better than most of our peers in the Internet space over the last six years, it is because we have focused like a laser on customer experience, and that really does matter, I think, in any business. It certainly matters online, where word of mouth is so very, very powerful."

– Jeffrey Bezos, founder and CEO, Amazon.com

Tony Blair Quote
(Anthony Charles Lynton Blair)

"If you don't see the Internet as an opportunity, it will become a threat. In two or three year's time, the Internet will become as commonplace in the office as the telephone."

– Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said this in 1999

Stewart Brand Quote

"On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other."

– Stewart Brand, co-founder of Global CA, U.S., and editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Catalog

Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World
Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World

by Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu

"A timely look at the ways that governments make themselves felt in cyberspace. Goldsmith and Wu cover a range of controversies, from domain-name disputes to online poker and porn to political censorship."

– David Robinson, Wall Street Journal

 

Judge Stewart Dalzell Quote

"As the most participatory form of mass speech yet developed, the Internet deserves the highest protection from government intrusion."

– Judge Dalzell, reviewing the U.S. Federal Statute, the Communications Decency Act (CDA)

Stephen Downes Quote

"This is the most important principle of reading on the Internet: You must determine for yourself whether or not something is true."

– Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Technology's Internet Logic Research Group, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Peter Ferdinand Drucker Quote

"The new information technology, Internet and e-mail, have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications."

– Peter Ferdinand Drucker (1909 - 2005), author who coined the concept knowledge economy.

Duane Forrester Quote

"SEO is no longer the pinnacle work that happens with a website; it is the baseline. You've got to be doing it, you've got to cover the bases, and you've got to do it well."

– Duane Forrester, March, 2013, Senior Product Manager with Bing's Webmaster Program; previously, in-house SEM running the SEO program for MSN, Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.

John Gilmore
John Gilmore | Source
Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis | Source

John Gilmore Quote

"The Net [Internet] interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."

– John Gilmore, co-founder of The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), San Francisco, CA, U.S.

Lev Grossman Quote

"The new Web is a very different thing. It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it's really a revolution."

– Lev Grossman, writer for Time Magazine

Tony Hsieh
Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh Quote

“SEO expertise is a core need for today’s online businesses."

– Tony Hsieh, CEO Zappos.com

Jeff Jarvis Quote

"Just as our kids don't understand the difference between broadcast and cable, the line between TV and Internet TV is about to disappear."

– Jeff Jarvis, Associate Professor at City University New York Graduate School of Journalism and columnist for the British newspaper, The Guardian

Mitch Kapor
Mitch Kapor

Mitchell David Kapor Quote

"If Microsoft is the new IBM, Google is the new Microsoft - the defining company of the industry."

– Mitchell Kapor, founder of Lotus, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation and Advisory Board member for the Wikimedia Foundation

IDF Major Avital Leibovich Quote

"The blogosphere and new media are another war zone. We have to be relevant there."

– Major Avital Leibovich, former Israel Defense Forces Foreign Press Branch Head

Maj. Gen. William T. Lord
Maj. Gen. William T. Lord
Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias
Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias

"The subject is the emergence of governance structures within online communities and the visions of political sovereignty shaping some of those communities."

 

Maj. Gen. William T. Lord Quotes

"In light of the looming threat to U.S. cyberspace, the 2006 National Military Strategy for Cyber Operations recognized cyberspace as a war-fighting domain."

"Mastery of cyberspace is essential to America's national security."

– spoken at the establishment of the U.S. Air Force Cyber Command (AFCYBER ) on September 17, 2007, Barksdale Air Force Base, LA, U.S.

Tim May Quote
(Timothy C. May)

"National borders aren't even speed bumps on the information superhighway."

– Timothy May, retired engineer and chief scientist at Intel, author of the amazing and historic book, Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias

Marissa Ann Mayer Quote

"Today, only about 1% of the World Wide Web is written in Arabic."

– Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! and former VP and engineer at Google, Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.

Dan Millman
Dan Millman

Dan Millman Quote

"I have an almost religious zeal - not for technology per se, but for the Internet which is for me the nervous system of mother Earth, which I see as a living creature, linking up."

– Dan Millman, American author

Clement Mok Quote

"Five years ago, we thought of the Web as a new medium, not a new economy."

– Clement Mok, designer and software developer, author of Designing Business: Multiple Media, Multiple Disciplines

Peter Morville Quote

"Note that the #1 Top Reviewer at Amazon (4550 book reviews) is Harriet Klausner, formerly an acquisitions librarian in Pennsylvania. This just goes to show that librarians were destined to rule the Web."

– Peter Morville, President, Semantic Studios, Manchester, England

Dr. Jakob Nielsen Quotes

"Diversity is power on the Web. Big sites may be bigger, but smaller sites will keep scoring higher for specialized topics, both in terms of their connections with users and in terms of each visit's commercial value."

"The best websites are better than reality."

"The CEO says, 'I think there should be a spinning logo,' and everybody does a jackboot salute, 'Yes, sir.' This suck-up-to-the-boss behavior results in miserably bad websites."

"On average, when you ask someone to perform a task on a site, they cannot do it. It's not their fault; it's the designer's fault."

– Jakob Nielsen, co-founder of Nielsen Norman Group, Fremont, CA, U.S.

Kerry Packer
Kerry Packer
Prince Al-Waleed
Prince Al-Waleed

Kerry Packer Quote
(Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer)

"I agree completely with my son James when he said 'Internet is like electricity. The latter lights up everything, while the former lights up knowledge.'"

– Kerry Packer (1937 - 2005), Chairman of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, Australia

Anshel Pfeffer Quote

"In terms of Internet traffic, little Israel is an empire. Its leading websites all feature in the world's top 500, with numbers of daily hits far out of proportion to the size of the population."

– Anshel Pfeffer, journalist for The Jerusalem Post and Israeli author

Prince Al-Waleed Quote

"Nowadays, anyone who cannot speak English and is incapable of using the Internet is regarded as backward."

– Prince Al-Waleed, Saudi Arabia

Rafat Radwan Quote

"Net cafes must be monitored . . . There should be several restrictions such as a central control on materials sent through the Internet that could be against Egyptian principles. The Vice Squad in the Ministry of the Interior should play a role in monitoring these net cafes."

– Rafat Radwan, engineer and former Chairman of the Information Center in the Cabinet, Egypt

Lee Rainie
Lee Rainie
Kevin Ryan
Kevin Ryan

Lee Rainie Quote
(Harrison Rainie)

"The Internet has become the computer. The number of people who use computers is almost indistinguishable from people who use the Internet."

– Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Avner Ravon Quote

"With all these social networks, it's sort of a mystery that no one has taken a stab at a social network focused on peace – a network with a sole purpose of creating connections in order to humanify both sides. It's much more difficult to throw bombs at each other when everyone is personally acquainted with three or four people on the other side of the border."

– Avner Ravon, Vice President Marketing and Business Development and co-founder Syncho Ltd., Israel

Kevin Ryan Quote

"I can remember one week in the beginning of 2000 when the stock price, the value of our company [DoubleClick] went up by a billion dollars and I thought 'this has got to be the beginning of the end here.' We had 70 percent of our clients who went under. You were prepared for 10%. You were prepared for 20%. I don't think anyone prepares you for 70%."

– Kevin Ryan, former CEO at DoubleClick (now owned by Google) and presently co-founder and CEO of ShopWiki.com and co-founder of PantherExpress.com

YouTube.com
YouTube.com
Symbolics.com
Symbolics.com
flickr.com
flickr.com

Fred Sammartino Quote

"All by itself, YouTube comprises 20 percent of all HTTP traffic, or nearly 10 percent of all traffic on the Net. Let's repeat that: one site takes up 10 percent of the bandwidth on the entire Net."

[spoken in 2007] – Fred Sammartino, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, Ellacoya Networks, Merrimack, NH, U.S.

Hank Shiffman Quote

"We were the first! I take pride in the fact that Symbolics, my employer at the time, got the very first domain name back in March of 1985."

– Hank Shiffman, Senior Consulting Engineer, DataSynapse, Palo Alto, CA, U.S.

Jared Spool Quote

"The poster child of Web 2.0 is Flickr.com. Personalization is a key piece of Web 2.0."

– Jared Spool, founder of User Interface Engineering, North Andover, MA, U.S.

Stanford Guidelines for Web Credibility Quote

"We find that people quickly evaluate a site by visual design alone."

– Stanford Guidelines for Web Credibility, published by Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, U.S.

Randall L. Stephenson Quote

"The lesson of the Internet is that no audience is too small."

– Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T Inc., New York City, NY, U.S.

RSS
RSS
Jimmy Wales
Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia.com
Wikipedia.com

David Tebbutt Quote

"RSS is the new radar."

"RSS has the power to create information overload – or ease the burden."

– David Tebbutt, American writer

Jimmy Wales Quote
(Jimmy Donal 'Jimbo' Wales)

"When I opened Wikipedia, it had three articles, yet it was called an encyclopedia."

"Imagine a world in which every single person is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing."

"Wikipedia is the #5 site on the Web and serves 450 million different people every month - with billions of page views."

[in November, 2011] – Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, Board member and Chair Emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation, President of Wikia, Inc., Fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, U.S.

William (Bill) Tancer Quote

"Data from Hitwise consistently registers Wikipedia in the top ten most popular sites on the entire Web. Moreover, in the cluster of sites that are focused on educational and reference material, Wikipedia is by far the most popular site, drawing nearly six times more traffic than the next closest site."

– Bill Tancer, General Manager Global Research, Hitwise, New York City, NY, U.S.

The Web Content Style Guide Quote

"What's the number-one thing people do on the Web? They read. Words and numbers are the raw material from which the vast majority of webpages are built. If reading is the primary activity on the Web, then readability is a primary function of Web design."

– Gerry McGovern, Rob Norton and Catherine O'Dowd, authors,The Web Content Style Guide

Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman
ebay.com
ebay.com

Meg Whitman Quote
(Margaret Cushing Whitman)

"The business model is very powerful. We [eBay] were able to move globally far faster than land-based companies can. The other thing I wasn't expecting was the way the market empowered small businesses. That was a big surprise. I thought this would be the home of big business. But it has leveled the playing field, and made small businesses as accessible as big ones. That was an 'a-ha' moment."

– CEO of eBay (1998 - 2008), current President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard

Niklas Zennstroem Quote

"Today, over one million people now make their living on eBay, which is astounding."

– Niklas Zennstroem, co-founder of Skype, San Jose, CA, U.S.

George Will
George Will
Ethan Zuckerman
Ethan Zuckerman | Source

George Will Quote
(George Frederick Will)

"It is no exaggeration to conclude that the Internet has achieved, and continues to achieve, the most participatory marketplace of mass speech that this country - and indeed the world - has yet seen."

– George F. Will, U.S. journalist, writing in Newsweek, 1997

Brian Wool Quote

"Old-school media was built on centralization. Now, consumers flock to websites that share the spirit of decentralization. The transition is taking us from order and quality control to freedom and chaos, from broad to narrowcasting. Expert editorial reviews are being replaced by peer reviews."

– Brian Wool, VP of content distribution at Localeze, a local search company, Chicago, IL, U.S.

Ethan Zukerman Quote

"It's becoming clear that the world is listening, so now we're trying to get new groups of people talking."

– Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices, which gives a Web platform for voices of bloggers from developing nations, Fellow of Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, U.S.

Internet Sayings

These oft-repeated Internet sayings have almost become clichés. This time capsule of sayings presents the original source of the quotations.

Ricardo Baeza Quote

"The World Wide Web has become in a few years the largest cultural endeavor of all times."

– Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Carlos Castillo, Center for Web Research, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Chile

Larry Becker
Larry Becker
Steve Case
Steve Case
Don DePalma
Don DePalma
Code is Poetry
Code is Poetry

Lawrence Becker Quote

"Your site is your brand."

– Larry Becker, VP Marketing and Business Development, Rimm-Kaufman Group, Charlottesville, VA, U.S.

Dr. Mark Bernstein Quote

"The point is that the reader's journey through our site is a narrative experience. Our job is to make the narrative satisfying."

– Mark Bernstein, Chief Scientist, Eastgate Systems, Watertown, MA, U.S.

Stephen M. (Steve) Case Quote

"The Internet will make every enterprise a publisher."

– Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, former chairman and CEO of AOL Time Warner, founder of Revolution, LLC

Donald A DePalma Quote

"Hundreds of millions of people around the world cross national borders without a second thought . . . This borderless community of Internet users comprises a virtual Eighth Continent."

– Donald A DePalma, founder Common Sense Advisory, Lowell, MA, U.S.

Jay Deragon Quote

"The social Web is not a thing, rather it is a movement accelerated by the art of self expression, the reach of relationships and fueled by the science of advanced technology."

– Jay Deragon is co-founder and CEO of Social Flights, Nashville, TN, U.S.

Ashutosh Kadakia Quote

"Code is poetry, one line at a time."

– Ashutosh Kadakia is VP of Finance, Greens Group and blogs at Kadakia.com

Ted Nelson Quote
(Theodor Holm Nelson)

"A user interface should be so simple that a beginner in an emergency can understand it within ten seconds."

– Ted Nelson, Visiting Professor at University of Oxford, U.K., author of the term hypertext

John Palfrey Quote

"It's not about being digital. It's about students who are born digital."

"Research now means a Google search."

– John Palfrey, Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and a Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, U.S.

Craig Silverstein Quote

"Google wants to organize all the world's information, to make it universally accessible and useful."

– Craig Silverstein, Google's first employee and now Director of Technology at Google, Mountain View, CA, U.S.

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      Eileen Gamboa 3 years ago from West Palm Beach

      This definitely gets me in the mood to 'Hub'!

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Reviewing the history of the Internet can be inspiring.

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Writer Fox. Interesting info about the Internet. I remember the part about Al Gore inventing it. In the beginning, it wasn't taken seriously, and that is comical today. Bill Clinton is the funniest and most truthful. Thanks for sharing these gems. Pinned. Take care. Audrey

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Thank you, Audrey. It's a real walk down memory lane to read some of the early quotes about the Internet!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      An interesting collection of quotes that provides a perspective on the development of the internet. very nicely done. Voted up.

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Hi Catherine,

      It's hard to believe that the World Wide Web is only 25 years old! These quotations document its history. Thank you for your feedback and vote!

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