The future of the Internet. Where does that leave us?

Last Update: September 30, 2013

I heard something on a celebrity podcasts today that got me thinking. I'm not trying to create widespread panic within WA. I just wonder if other people thought about it and if they have any possible solutions.

The thing I heard was a complaint that this celebrity wasnt updating his site enough. He said, if people want the latest news, check out his twitter account since less and less people visit websites.

Hmmmm, in this world of instant gratification, add to,that the speed in which technology changes things, if you think about it, popularity of browsing on the Internet has been around since the mid 1990's. that's about 20 years. that's like a thousand years in this age of technology. You can see the shift away from this with the use of tablets and other mobile devices.

Take a look at your own websites on one of these devices. Visiting a website isn't what it used to be. The question is, what do we do as website based marketing affiliates to keep up with technolog? The one thing this celebrity will start to do, is add a twitter feed to the top of his site to keep it updated for those who still visit his website. Are there any forward thinkers out there with solutions?

Remember VHS,DVDs,Floppy discs, CDs? If you do, chances are you remember them as being the next big thing, but most if not all of them haven't lasted as long as browsing websites on the Internet. Me? I typed this whole thing on my IPad, getting ready for bed. Maybe I'll post this on my twitter account in the morning:)

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Nina-y Premium
I agree that people are checking smartphone, tablet more often than browsing in front of a computer. I am typing in my phone right now. But when I really want to do some serious research, I will still go back to the computer. So, I think if your niche is about entertainment or other leisure stuff, better let it be mobile friendly. But if it is serious, like WA, people will find you anyway.
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steve23 Premium
Yes, I dont like twitter myself because it all happens so fast ! I like to be able to digest things and think a bit. Funny enough, that's one of the reasons I don't use the chat on WA, by the time I have thought about it, the conversation has gone ! :-)
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Paul Dean Premium
Same here! I'm too old and slow to think quickly. Another point I didn't cover fully is that keyboards may one day disappear IF offices full of people will stand for the constant babble of people entering text and data by voice recognition. I can't see that. Maybe we'll all end up like Stephen Hawkin and control everything with one facial muscle.
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Paul Dean Premium
Celebrities do fare better on Twitter because fans like the immediacy of the responses they give. They imagine they're really talking to their idol. But Twitter cannot hold information, and like Google+, Facebook and every other social media site, is only really any good for holding links to places of real interest - websites.

Steve's right about size. Phones are getting bigger to accommodate more screen real estate and websites usually translate well to handheld devices. One day we may all use tablets. Then we'll want bigger tablets. Then tablets with separate keyboards. Then tablets that can be free-standing at about arm's length with a separate keyboard.

See where I'm going with this?

Yep, we're back to something like a slimline PC.

Can you imagine how inaccessible all the information on this site would be if it had to appear on a 4.5" screen and that was the only option?
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harvman0 Premium
Like I said, I'm not trying to scare anyone. I'm looking for solutions and don't want to get left behind. I installed plugins to make my site more mobile friendly. But, like any other plug-in you have to be wary on how it may affect your site
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steve23 Premium
I agree there may be some changes comings, and i certainly expect mobile devices to take over - laptops and PC's - your days are numbered ! The funny thing is, with mobile phones, things seem to be going in reverse size wise; once it was all about making them small, and now they are getting bigger again as we use them for so much more. But I just see this making things better and better for the internet - I dont think we have even scratched the surface when it comes to how the web affects our lives. I cant wait.
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