100 best gadgets ever: the connected age
Even in its early years the internet was a wonderful thing: a vast digital playground where we could debate which USS Enterprise captain was the best, or (very slowly) share our 1.2MP photos.
But in the middle years of the first decade of the final century in history (if you're a pessimist), the internet got better. A lot, lot better. It got better mainly because using it got a lot faster, with many more people switching from 56k dial-up to relatively swift broadband. That extra speed made a lot of things possible: internet video, for instance, and streaming music around the home, and taking virtual trips around distant cities.
And the greatest thing about it? We could have even more debates about which USS Enterprise captain was the best*.