digging in the dot-com graveyard for clues to the great Internet wipeout of 2001.
Back in 1999, most people had little idea what Yahoo and other online aggregators were. This column explained the purpose of portals--the emerging giants of new media--and showed how most suffered from an identity crisis.
The previous year, she compared the struggles of portals to those of radio in the 1920s and predicted the decentralized Internet would lead to many new-media winners.
In another 1998 column, "A Place of Their Own," Walker foreshadowed the eventual explosion of personal publishing and social networking on the Web. Personal media renaissance would remain her primary theme, even as her focus turned to Internet economics.