While it got off to a rocky start with the overhyped Y2K bug and dotcom bubble, the era dubbed the “Digital Decade” by Microsoft’s Bill Gates has turned out to be a dizzying period of innovation. “It’s been an amazingly vibrant decade for the Internet and for digital things in general,” said John Abell, New York bureau chief of Wired magazine, which has chronicled the technological leaps and bounds of the past 10 years. “David Pogue, personal technology columnist for The New York Times, points to Apple’s iPod, introduced in 2001, as among most influential devices of the decade. The Internet has become accessible to all in the years since, giving birth to sites such as Wikipedia in 2001, MySpace in 2003, Facebook in 2004, YouTube in 2005 and Twitter in 2006. “The beauty of Web 2.0 websites is that it makes it very easy,” said Pogue. Much of what has come to pass over the past 10 years was presaged by Gates when he gazed into a crystal ball in an October 2001 essay titled “Moving Into the Digital Decade.”
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