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JULY 5, 2009 [IP Address, Larry Page] Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On: Web 2.0 Summit 2009 - Co-produced by TechWeb & O'Reilly Conferences, October 20 - 22, 2009, San Francisco, CA
The Web is no longer a collection of static pages of HTML that describe something in the world. In 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin had a breakthrough, realizing that links were not merely a way of finding new content, but of ranking it and connecting it to a more sophisticated natural language grammar. For example, the association between street addresses and GPS coordinates is taught rather than learned. Larry Page and Sergey Brin realized that a link is a vote.