The internet is kind of a big deal these days. But it wasn’t always that way. All of the content you view and enjoy on the web was built on the backs of dedicated creators, designers, and entrepreneurs that dared to reinvent what the web could do. The internet itself is still growing, but enough time has passed that it now seem justified to honor those that have helped make the internet what it is today; enter the Internet Hall-Of Fame. This year’s inductees include Aaron Swartz of Reddit, Jimmy Whales of Wikipedia, and 30 other internet idols.
“This year’s inductees represent a group of people as diverse and dynamic as the Internet itself,” announced Lynn St. Amour who is the CEO and President of the Internet Society.
This year’s 32 honorary inductees were announced today. Over the next year, full profiles on each man or woman will be published by the society with a focus on how he or she, “pushed the boundaries of technological and social innovation to connect the world and make it a better place.”
Besides the aforementioned Swartz and Wales inductions, lesser-known internet names like Jun Murai -- who developed the first inter-university network in Japan -- will be honored for their work.
This internet Hall-Of-Fame is exciting because of the high standards it holds itself too. It would be much too easy to induct internet stars like Rebecca Black, or whoever the hell made “Nyan Cat”, in a trivial pursuit at, fittingly enough, finding internet popularity. Instead, only men and women who truly helped the internet grow and thrive are being honored.