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Why Are Lists Broken?
We explore 7 problems facing the modern day hand-crafted HTML list. The biggest problem is it's not changed since 1989 when Tim Berners-Lee invented HTML. List authoring and list life-cycle management have been overlooked.
Why do we use Lists? Why Lists?
We use lists a lots, especially in blog posts. We call these "list posts" or Listicles (a term popularized by Buzzfeed).
A lot has happened since 1989 when Tim Berners-Lee conceived the idea of HTML and introduced us to the idea of list tags >> "LI" "UL" and "OL" tags.
Since 1989 our approach to content has become more social & aggregated.
Curation has become a critical driver of social content and lists are a great ways to curate.
Bookmarking has move from the desktop to internet services (it too has become social). Lists of bookmarks.
Content reuse & embedding has taken off (via content repositories).
Lots of web content has moved to central repositories. Slideshare, YouTube and Soundcloud are three great examples of Content Repositories.
The recombine-ability of objects, content, people and places have become the norm - an expectation of the modern web visitor along with commenting and voting.
How do you use Lists today? Do you think of Lists as a platform? Or are Lists just part of a blog post for your today. We think lists deserve more.