Wired today, after some anticipation, declared that the web is dead. We're now onto the internet. The difference, it seems is that the web was about browsing on the open digital range, while the internet is a bundle of closed little systems like aps that are proprietary and possibly money-making.
Chris Andersen and Michael Wolff write that the internet is "the world that consumers are increasingly choosing, not because they’re rejecting the idea of the Web but because these dedicated platforms often just work better or fit better into their lives (the screen comes to them, they don’t have to go to the screen). The fact that it’s easier for companies to make money on these platforms only cements the trend." The graphic at the right shows the trend (Cisco estimates from CAIDA publications by Andrew Odlyzko). In companion columns, Tim O'Reilly, Chris Andersen and others debate the meaning of the changes, with Andersen saying don't give up so easily! Those little aps are little monopolies that are invisible to the Google crawler and carry pricetags and terms of service.
At TechCrunch, the commentary notes "The Web, HTML traffic visible though a browser, is only about a quarter (23%) of the overall traffic, down from about half a decade ago. It’s been pushed down by peer-to-peer (23%), video (51%), and other types of apps which use the Internet for transport but are not browser-based."
In theory what that may mean is that news outfits will be able, over time, to offer stories on aps and charge for them. But so far the prices are pretty cheap and the same information is still available in browser land, where it can be grabbed for free and sent to friends. Looks like we're still in need of a transition.