20 Years of the Web - What's your web IQ?
August 3, 2011 1:00 PM   Subscribe

20 Years of the Web - What's your web IQ?
Did you know that the web was born on August 6, 1991?! That's the day the first server went on on ol' Tim Berners-Lee's desk at CERN [wikipedia citation]. So this Saturday is its 20th birthday. To honor the web at this milestone, my agency friends and I created a quiz to find out who's got the most #webcred, and see how far we've all come (there is a question about the McDonald's homepage from 1996... remember when an editor at Wired Magazine bought the URL and took suggestions from readers about what to do with it?!). Take a trip down memory lane with us by playing our quiz, and reminiscing about the days *before* social media.
Role: Strategist, UX designer
posted by zpousman (12 comments total)

I think I missed the part where it told me what the correct answers were.
posted by jabberjaw at 4:59 PM on August 3, 2011


I'd play, but I'm afraid I might win a Windows phone.
posted by mumkin at 5:07 PM on August 3, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm sorry, that was snarky. More constructively, I experienced a moment of confusion when it wasn't clear to me that I needed to click Question #1 to begin... I thought I'd already begun the quiz, and was looking for a pop-up that had gotten blocked, or was otherwise obscured.

Also, I failed to immediately grok how to order countries in terms of internet use — was trying to drag them horizontally initially, to organize them L-to-R in a row, since I hadn't the experienced other instances of your matching question type interface.

And yes, I would like to know what the correct answers were, too.
posted by mumkin at 5:11 PM on August 3, 2011


I wasn't able to skip the signup thing to get to the last set of questions. Skipping it worked on all the others.

It would be nice to have the right answers.

Two functionality changes would be welcome for the questions where you rank something with the 1234 boxes:

Order the boxes sequentially on the bottom section, and allow the user to re-assign them. I frequently dropped one in the incorrect spot and couldn't move it.
posted by odinsdream at 7:40 PM on August 3, 2011


The leader board sign up is annoying. Correct answers would be nice, and agree about being able to move a flag if wrong, especially as I am on a small touch screen thing. Otherwise neat concept and good looking interface.
posted by titanium_geek at 7:03 AM on August 4, 2011


Thanks for the comments! We're adding in the correct answers shortly, so hopefully that will help!
posted by zpousman at 8:16 AM on August 4, 2011


I did it all the way up to the last section where it wouldn't let me skip filling out something or other. Then I bailed w/o looking back.
posted by djeo at 1:23 PM on August 4, 2011


I follow memes pretty closely but your viral section questions seemed like they were from an alternate internet universe. No all your base, rickrolling, pedobear, in soviet russia..., lolcats, goatse, dancing baby, hamster dance or star wars kid. What gives?
posted by banished at 8:00 PM on August 4, 2011


Having put a block of 4 in order, it appears to be impossible to change your choice before submitting. Is that intentional?
posted by pharm at 6:54 AM on August 5, 2011


Rating ranking on twitter followers was really kludgy. Couldn't figure out how to work it. Fun idea though!
posted by jasper411 at 12:28 PM on August 5, 2011


It's to America-centric. The politics section is almost entirely about American politics, for example.

Cool design, though I honestly don't see why it needed so much clicking when you could have just put the list of questions on one page. If the new way is less efficient, don't use it!

I also bailed out when it tries to force you into filling a form at the end.
posted by Senza Volto at 9:21 AM on August 6, 2011


Tried it but had a really hard time moving the numbers on and figuring what was going on on the very first question (ranking countries by internet use). The numbers kept going on top of the flags and it wasn't immediately clear what I was supposed to be doing, since the numbers were out of order (it didn't ask me to just move the flags around or something more intuitive).

Chrome/OSX, if that helps any.
posted by NoraReed at 6:27 PM on August 8, 2011


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