In a new web world, no application is an island


The web is poised for a comeback. How’s that? Isn’t the web already the crucial utility of online commerce, information and entertainment? In many ways, it certainly is. The web’s importance is indisputable–but there are signs that it is slipping, reports the New York Times. Investment, innovation and energy have been shifting elsewhere in computing–mainly, to shopping, gaming and news applications for smartphones and tablet computers. These applications often tap into web sites for information on all manner of things. But they do not reside on the open web, and cannot be searched and linked to one another in the same way web applications can. Think of the apps tailored for Apple’s iPhones and iPads, or those made for Google’s Android operating system. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have similar characteristics, as walled gardens that are connected to the open Web but are separate from it…

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