Come on Scoble...

Scoble, this is a ridiculous comparison. Of course you forget to mention the fact that in 1998 XMLHTTP was only useful for IE. Nothing else. Not until recently has support been introduced for TRUE cross-platform XMLHTTP-esque functionality. That - not the pretty name - is the reason for the newfound interest and widespread adoption. Once everyone can play with the toy, the toy becomes a lot more fun for everyone.