Apps Are Disrupting The Web

August 2010, Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief at Wired co-authored a controversial yet thought-provoking piece announcing the death of web due in large part to the prevalence of a new breed of simpler, sleeker service – aka apps, a shift driven fundamentally by the rise of the iPhone/Android model of mobile computing. It seems to him that the ubiquitous of apps would eventually strip away everyone’s needs to go through the Web to Internet. Aided by a disparate set of apps on different mobile devices, one now can hang up to Internet all day long without accessing to Web.

Case in point. You wake up to numerous emails on your iPhone/Android phone. On your way to the office you read Wall Street Journal and Economist for a while and then flip through Sina Weibo and Facebook and switch back and forth between those – of course – apps. The list can go on and on till you finally come to realize what I’m trying to get at – we’re already surrounded by apps that could virtually enable us to interact with technology, Internet and the real world around us in as profound a way as the Web could.

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Ben Jiang

Listener of startups, writer on tech. Maker of things, dreamer by choice.