As with many pioneers, those "early adopters" didn't really know where it was all heading. How could they? It always amazes me how "right" many of the early decisions made in all
technologies turned out in the end.
There are many examples:- Gary Kildall with CP/M. Larry Page and Sergey Brin with Google. David Filo and Jerry Yang with Yahoo! Even Chuck Peddle
with the 6502 processor.
(Huw and John with ebme
As regards the internet, surely we're still on the nursery slopes, as it were?