ET SIG: The Always-On Internet Changes Hyperlinking
January Meeting of the Emerging Technology SIG
Scott Rafer, CEO, Feedster
Since the Internet bubble burst in 2000, always-on consumer broadband hit critical mass and the mobile Internet got going in earnest. As online usage habits in South Korea have repeatedly shown, pervasiveness of connectivity matters and matters non-linearly. The US, while well behind the last-mile broadband deployment curve, has hit sufficient critical mass to foster significant new innovation in Internet applications: social network software, the social networks themselves, and most significantly, weblogging. All these applications, plus ones we will see within a couple years but can not yet predict, are predicated on hyperlink schemes that are persistent, metadata rich, and characterize geometrically denser link meshes than anything assembled before 2002. These new Internet applications are far more valuable (Reed.com), both in terms of economics and utility, than the prior generation of Internet applications which were architected when connectivity was primarily intermittent. Beyond the applications themselves, a whole new generation of utilities, including transaction engines, directories, and search engines, are necessary to rationalize the web for users.
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