Mine is not the desire to lament. Zeldman writes:
This is not necessarily a bad thing. Not every person who designs websites needs to run a personal magazine on top of all their other responsibilities. If your goal in creating a personal site way back when was to establish an online presence, meet other people who create websites, have fun chatting with virtual friends, and maybe get a better job, well, you donâ€™t need a deep personal site to achieve those goals any more.
True. But we might thing about this a bit more. While the homepage vanished (“My name is….I do…Here is a picture of my cat….”), the online presence expanded. You don’t need a personal site to send sporadic updates over your cellphone, tell your Facebook friends you just saw a movie, post pictures of your cats with annotations and various tags describing them, share music, and other such matters. The networked identity spread outward and away. It is built out of nodes, hubs of moments and information. Not to lament the loss of “page” based thinking, but we can broaden networked thinking as content fragmented, dispersed, expansive, connected and disconnected.