Tech Thursday: The Web is Dead

Wait. What?

My thoughts exactly. Apparently, we both fell into the "Isn't the internet the web, and vice versa?" trap. I'm here to set you straight. Well, Wired and Wikipedia are (were? see above.) here to set you straight. According to Wired, the Web is Dead (someone help me make that rhyme - it's too darn close to rhyming to not do so). Now don't get me wrong. I'm sure there's tons of goodies found in Wired's piece, but I can't get over that initial headline:

"The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet."

Nor, this very neat graph:

When reading through both sides of the debate, I personally fall into the "blame us" category. If someone had asked me 10 years ago (after, of course, explaining to me that the Web and Net were different) if I would pay a premium to some power-that-is to get what I wanted, when I wanted ("push technology"), I would have told them to bugger-off. Ask me today? I say, Yes! Yes! Yes!


  1. That is an unbelievably cool graph

    So how is internet traffic measured? In bandwidth used for data for these different purposes?

    I assume yes, and if so then it's no wonder video is taking over. It's massively bigger (data wise) than anything else. And it's no wonder peer-to-peer is so big.

    I wonder what this graph would look like if it charted "proportion of total user hours spent on the internet" for each of these different purposes. Obviously it's gonna look very different... for instance my Gmail and MS Outlook are constantly open at work and I typically respond to emails within minutes. How would that get tracked?

    Also I find intriguing the 'pay a premium' concept, but it depends a lot on each specific service and its specific cost right?

  2. Good call on it being data-usage driven - I suspect it is as well. However, I'm not really sure what they're displaying; the data's based off Cisco analysis of CAIDA data, and I couldn't find anything on the CAIDA site discussing the data.

    Of course the 'pay a premium' concept is highly dependent upon user and service, which is why it's essentially a form of capitalism - services and prices are set by market factors.

  3. Ok, so I am a huge fan of and pretty much all forms of ESPN. After Gmail, is the first site I open every day (yes, even before this site). I pay one subscription for both ESPN The Magazine and ESPN Insider. The first bookmark on Safari on my iPhone is the mobile version of

    Where do I fit in the web vs. app debate? Is it the website I enjoy the most? Is the fact that I am willing to pay for additional content and access it via my iPhone put me on the app side?

  4. Aaron good point, and I'm the same with ESPN. In fact it's the only website that I pay for content on an ongoing basis (sometimes I'll buy one-off articles on other sites).

    Since we're really talking about the content of ESPN, I think that puts us more on the side of web consumers. Not totally sure though.