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Interactive storytelling: Google’s “20 Things”

Posted on Friday, 19th November, 2010

Google’s new interactive book “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web.”

A new and fun guidebook from Google on things you’ve always wanted to know about browsers & the web (but were afraid to ask).

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Created by the Google Chrome team and built in HTML5, Google attempts to bring sense to the remaining 92% of the non-geeked out world by offering a step-by-step explanation of the web and how it works.

Yes, I am in the 8% minority. Yes, I also wear mascara, lip gloss and Christian Louboutins. Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a mold for identifying who gets what or understand this/that as it relates to the digilicious history beginning with Web 101. BUT we ALL use the internet for 1 -19,275,876 different things.

Best to learn how to the walk the way of the web, no? and why not do it in style, as provided by Google and this great run down of  “20 Things (aka, chapters) I Learned About Browsers and the Web”.

Google has even enabled you to share “A Thing” instead of the whole book for those that may benefit from 1 snipit of digilicious goodness.

So what’s in the book?

  1. What is the Internet? (“You Say Tomato, I Say TCP/IP”)
  2. Cloud Computing (why it’s ok for a truck to crush your laptop)
  3. Web Aps (“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Appiness”)
  4. HTML, Javascript, CSS and more (this is not your mom’s AJAX)
  5. HTML5 (in the beginning there was no <video>)
  6. 3D in the Browser (browsing with more depth)
  7. A Browser Madrigal (old vs. modern browsers)
  8. Plug-ins (pepperoni for your cheese pizza)
  9. Browser Extensions (superpowers for your browser)
  10. Synchronizing the Browser (why it’s ok for a truck to crush your laptop, part I)
  11. Browser Cookies (thanks for the memories)
  12. Browsers and Privacy (giving you choices to protect your privacy in the browser)
  13. Malware, Phishing, and Security Risks (if it quacks like a duck but isn’t a duck)
  14. How Modern Browsers Help Protect You From Malware and Phishing (beware!)
  15. Using Web Addresses to Stay Safe (“my name is URL”)
  16. IP Addresses and DNS (the phantom phone booth)
  17. Validating Identities Online (“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”)
  18. Evolving to a Faster Web (speeding up images, video, and JavaScript on the web)
  19. Open Source and Browsers (standing on the shoulders of giants)
  20. 19 Things Later… (a day in the clouds)

I want to send this to my non-techy personal community (my mom, friends, co-workers). I really do. But the last sentence of this review (BTW, A+ effort for Google) is pure reality of what 140 characters has done for (and unfortunately to) us. D-ADD (digital ADD).

What will happen to learning from books? Will the next generation learn history from embedding data chips in their head so they aren’t distracted from their daily thin slicing of info via tweets?


Took me ~29 minutes to read the entire book. Maybe forgo the blowout, let your air dry tomorrow morning and read this instead.

Just sayin.


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