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Adam Trachtenberg is the Director of the LinkedIn Developer Network, where he oversees developer relations and marketing for the LinkedIn Platform. Before LinkedIn, Adam worked at eBay in platform product management and marketing. Even earlier, he co-founded Student.Com and TVGrid.com. Adam is the author of PHP Cookbook and Upgrading to PHP 5. He lives in San Francisco.

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Party like it’s 1999

With all the recent purchases and the Web 2.0 conference, I’ve read a lot about how 2005 is shaping up to be the second coming of 1999.

I was skeptical, but I just had the largest 1999 moment since, well, early 2000. It begins by me admitting that I was reading an article in Wired Magazine, but ends when I tell you they served me a banner ad for Tripod.

Then again, if AOL just paid $25 million for Weblogs, Inc., Lycos’s purchase of Tripod, which at the time was the 8th largest site on the Net, for $58 million was a total bargain.

Can you believe Tripod was the 8th largest site on the Net in 1998? And how did Bo Peabody put out a book last Christmas without me knowing?

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