We've come a very long way since 1996 !
It's hard to imagine that just 15 years ago, we had to wait 30 seconds for each page to load, flashing bright coloured gifs were the norm and the concept of white space hadn't yet been invented.
In 1996, advertising was pushing out "AOL keywords" at the end of TV spots - rather similarly to the "Find us on Facebook" logos we are bombarded with today. Sifting through old web pages using the WayBack machine reminds us how excited we were to discover animated dancing cats, or that we could look at the weather forecast online. That is, in the brief 30 minutes you used the internet per month - as remember, it was tying up the phone line and you were paying by the hour.
Today, it's the battle of the social networks. Just yesterday, Google+ opened its gates to the masses - and the battle is on between Facebook (who is rolling out updates quicker than you can update your status) and the online super-power that is Google.
What will happen in the next 15 years? Where will we be in 2026? Answers on a postcard please!