Reddit was born in 2005 but nerds existed before that. Obsessed with things 32/64-bit, I lurked AOL chatrooms and phpBB forums in the 90′s. Future Redditors also congregated there with primitive memes. Decades later, a culture of freaks and geeks are on top of the food chain. Silicon Valley, reeling from the dot-com bubble, made a comeback. Mobile and apps fundamentally alter how people communicate. Startups are perceived as innovators and the future.
Everyone shaded Twitter when it first appeared. It was perceived as a fringe microblogging platform. “Techies posting about their breakfast,” they hissed. Now, it’s a mega-force in the mainstream. Haters stay pressed.
Any technological success we see these days, however, face the same problem once it’s successful. It’s free. That’s why Twitter’s API change was so controversial. As if the losing drag queen in a ballroom competition, developers raged.