How The Internet Killed the Explorer

How The Internet Killed the Explorer

I’m really happy for you, but Internet Explorer had one of the best online deaths of all time.

If we’re going to talk about dying trends, we’ve got to get real serious. I’m talking politics, macroeconomics, Pythagoras theorem srs. There is no place on this mystical earth where obsolescence occurs more than the homeland of the meme, the internet.

Websites may come and go, but the memory of them stays with us forever… Come take a trip down memory lane with me as we explore the 4 former wonders of the world wide web.


1. Limewire


On a scale of LimeWire to Jesus, how trustworthy are you?

Seeing that green and yellow logo reminds me of Year 7 Teresa, attempting to download Chris Brown’s album (Forever was my anthem) and dodging viruses like I was dodging bullets (did someone say Matrix?)

LimeWire was shut down in 2010 due to copyright infringement, an ultimately unsurprising fate. Limewire’s shut down was attribute largely to legal issues, not marketing or management oversights. But if LimeWire was shut down by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), why are programs like uTorrent still our key to GOT episodes? This raises the question, was LimeWire properly managed?


2. Tom, my first online friend


MySpace can be considered one of the founding fathers of the social media movement, the former king of the web. I mean, how could you not fall in love with a website where you could fully customise and add tunes to your profile? It was the birthplace of the high-angled-full-body-selfie and where 12 years olds learnt how to code in HTML.

Ah, but here was one of the problems that led to MySpace’s decline. They allowed raw HTML coding which allowed users to embed malicious scripts. The social wonderland was getting dangerous. Ads were another problem, they disrupted the user experience by lacking taste and lacking subtlety. Slowly but steadily spam and unavoidable ads made MySpace no longer user-friendly.

Obviously the rise of Facebook contributed heavily to the fall of MySpace, however it was MySpace’s lack of innovation and adaptability which acted as a gateway to Facebook’s triumph. Facebook made sure their ads were relevant to the user and not so in-yo-face. Their ability to change their website to the consumers wants and needs saw Facebook become a 21st century game changer.

Justin Timberlake now owns MySpace and has transformed it into a social networking platform for music-lovers and musicians. Praying for JT that the new MySpace is not a flop because señorita I feel for you, you deal with things that you don’t have to.


3. *Teresa Truong send you a nudge*


Skype, what’s good?

If I was to describe grade 6 in one phrase, it would be ‘MSN Messenger’. Sending your pals nudges, moving emoticons, (Y), TyPiNg LiKe ThIs… What a time to be alive.

Microsoft’s MSN Messenger lived for a long 15 years, which is a valiant effort considering Kim K’s wedding lasted 72 days (weak joke). Its death was a quiet one, and that’s because instead of legal issues or being crushed by a competitor, Messenger decided to move its users to Skype. Microsoft acquired Skype Communications in 2011 and in order to maximise Skype’s usage and following, they sacrificed Messenger. It was a win for Microsoft since Skype is one of the largest chat and video call services with 500 million installs and 300 million users.

MSN Messenger: taking one for the team, the hero we deserve but we not the one we need right now.


4. Death of Internet Explorer


Last but certainly not least we come to the greatest online death of all time, the death of Internet Explorer. The reason why its death is so explosive is because the internet itself killed its pioneer web browser. Of course it takes two to tango – Internet Explorer was perceived as slow, out dated and bug-filled. However, the online jokes and memes by us internet users is what exacerbated Explorer’s problems to a point where even fixing the browsers’ issues couldn’t reverse Internet Explorer’s poor reputation.

ie meme

Unlike the previous websites/programs discussed, Explorer’s demise came down to Microsoft’s marketing or lack thereof. They weren’t clever, savvy or clear about the launch of IE 11, which they claimed to be 30% faster than it’s competitors. They struggled to clean up the online mess to a point where earlier this year, Microsoft confirmed that the Internet Explorer name would be forever abandoned, making way for Microsoft Edge.

I guess slow and steady doesn’t always win the race.

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