Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 28th Jun 2012 13:48 UTC, submitted by Kroc
In the News "The failure of Minitel was not one of technology, [...] It was the whole model that was doomed. Basically to set up a service on Minitel, you had to ask permission from France Telecom. You had to go to the old guys who ran the system, and who knew absolutely nothing about innovation. It meant that nothing new could ever happen. Basically, Minitel innovated from 1978 to 1982, and then it stopped." This is what the World Wide Web could one-day look like. Dearth of innovation for the want of permission.
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Minitel didn't fail? Is that why it's being shut down? Because it's so successful? And when it was tried elsewhere (e.g. Ireland) where people would actually have had to pay for the equipment (unlike getting it for free as in France), practically nobody went for it, is that another defining characteristic of success?

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