I used to describe my work as a tradeshow and user conference presentation specialist in the following way: "I take things that sound complicated and make them simple, easy and fun."
And that's exactly what PeopleBrowsr, a social analytics company, did when they created a magnificiently brilliant presentation on a cartoon history of the social web (illustrations by Adam Long). For a textual description, they've elaborated in a blog post here.
What is remarkable about this account is not only that they hit the key events but also that they hit the key trends, including such shifts as the growth of residential high-speed internet access, the rise in popularity of user-generated content, and the creation and growth of the Community Manager position in the job market.
And never underestimate the amount of skill it takes to take a long and complicated history and transform it into a beautiful and compelling story. Adam Long did a fantastic job with creating simple, gorgeous illustrations that told a remarkable tale.
My only complaint about the deck is that I'm not the one who was smart enough to create it.