It’s old news by now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t tip our collective hats and remember the early days.
Oh, how easily-excited we used to be. Oh, how “visiting a website” was a fun, cinematic experience. Oh, how long our attention spans were back then — a full THIRTY seconds!
It was a pretty magical time. It didn’t matter if a website actually had content, if it had presentation it got people coming back again and again. I never cared what the text of Eye4U’s website actually said. I went there for the sweet music and the flying shapes. Honestly, I’ve been there dozens of times and don’t think I’ve ever read the content once.
Alright, maybe that’s a bit silly. I do actually like the “new” idea of websites with content. I also used to love going to a website and having a sense of wonder. To me, Flash wasn’t just about delivering content. It was about making it cool, and fun, and interesting.
It’s been a long, long time since I felt that sense of wonder.
“Mr. Dude, what does the death of Flash mean to you?”
Well, this is the future I imagine:
- The eventual end of fun, wild, random, crazy and pointless websites
- Less emphasis on presentation
- More emphasis on the content itself
- Back to smaller boxes for smaller screens (like on smart phones)
- Concise content designed for adolescent attention spans
- Websites designed to give maximum information to people in an extreme rush
Yes, it’s progress. But is it in the direction we want? Stay tuned!