This is 25

With the World Wide Web on the cusp of its 25th birthday, Pew took a look at how we feel about it. About 87% of American adults use the Internet and most of us think it’s a pretty good thing that has strengthened our personal relationships. And here’s the most surprising finding: About three-quarters of those surveyed have found that people on the Internet are mostly kind to one another.

+ Quartz: “Survey respondents who have landline phones still thought that their home phones would be harder to give up than social media.” (Makes sense. No one ever tried to share a funny cat video over your landline.)

+ About five minutes after the advent of the web, people started trying to sell stuff on it. And today, online shopping is big. Really big. Unless you compare it to offline shopping.

+ Over the past couple decades, we’ve seen some big website flops. But perhaps none was more public than the health care site disaster. According to one senior advisor, meetings about the site “drove the President crazy. Nobody could even tell us if the system was up as we were sitting there, except by taking out laptops and trying to go on it.” Then the President called in the trauma team. And this is the story of how they fixed the site.

+ No matter where you live, the Internet is a part of your life. But if you live in Mountain View, it’s really a part of your life. From The Verge: Here’s how a city becomes company property — Welcome to Googletown.

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