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The Internet Is Dying

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From September 2009, absolute unique visitors from some of the biggest websites in the world started to drop.

I've checked the charts from Google Trends and drawn some basic trendlines.

Maybe I'm seeing ghosts, but I'm curious about your theories...

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  • My bet is that the drop off you observed is related in part to Chinese Internet censorship.
    Prior to the Olympics in 2008, we lost access to a lot of sites including: blog sites, youtube, facebook, and a bunch of other sites were censored by Google and other platforms/portals.
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  • Internet is not dying, just reprioritizing its assets.
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  • So LinkedIn & Facebook are not the Internet? Consider the massive shift to YouTube, Hulu and other video sites that have 10x more ’time on page’ which means fewer page views, dramatically fewer. Also factor in seasonality, and the shift in needs due to the economy; I bet Monster and other employment site traffic is way up. Finally the long tail sites where you can get slivers of specific interest rather than slices of generalities.
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  • The Internet has lots of life left in it. There’s much more growth to come. Apparent transitions or phases reflect distinct elements that were evident in the founding dreams of hypermedia. Web 1.0 = Hyper-linking (realized as URLs and HTML links that enable websurfing). Web 2.0 = Hyper-mixing (realized as AJAX, XML, KML, JSON, etc. plus prolific UGC, all helping to enable mashups) . Web 3.0 = Hyper-sourcing (realized as interlocking social graphs and planned semantic formats that will enable trustworthy signaling). What factors might explain the graph? There are big problems in the economy, but mostly I think there’s some creative destruction going on. And it’s not over yet.

    http://blog.indaba.org/
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  • Social computing and human-interaction... I guess 'Trust' as a lot to do with this.
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The Internet Is Dying

  1. Is the internet dying?<br />From September 2008, absolute unique visitors from some of the biggest websites in the world started to drop. <br />
  2. Portals<br />
  3. Daily Unique Visitors (Google Trends Websites)<br />Support line/ Trend line before decline <br />
  4. Social Networks<br />
  5. Daily Unique Visitors (Google Trends Websites)<br />Support line/ Trend line before decline <br />
  6. Blogs<br />
  7. Daily Unique Visitors (Google Trends Websites)<br />Support line/ Trend line before decline <br />
  8. Daily Unique Visitors (Google Trends Websites)<br />Support line/ Trend line before decline <br />
  9. Media<br />
  10. Daily Unique Visitors (Google Trends Websites)<br />Support line/ Trend line before decline <br />
  11. Shopping<br />
  12. Daily Unique Visitors (Google Trends Websites)<br />Support line/ Trend line before decline <br />
  13. Entertainment & Knowledge<br />
  14. Daily Unique Visitors (Google Trends Websites)<br />Support line/ Trend line before decline <br />
  15. Even the Bad Boys<br />
  16. Daily Unique Visitors (Google Trends Websites)<br />Support line/ Trend line before decline <br />
  17. Can you guess who did the opposite?<br />
  18. Daily Unique Visitors (Google Trends Websites)<br />Support line/ Trend line before decline <br />
  19. How to explain this?<br />
  20. How to explain this?<br />Facebook & Twitter as a central hub for friends, entertainment, news & other content replace the traditional content providers.<br />
  21. How to explain this?<br />Facebook & Twitter as a central hub for friends, entertainment, news & other content replace the traditional content providers.<br />Traditional websites aren’t social enough which has become the expected standard or they lack integration with the social web.<br />
  22. How to explain this?<br />Facebook & Twitter as a central hub for friends, entertainment, news & other content replace the traditional content providers.<br />Traditional websites aren’t social enough which has become the expected standard or they lack integration with the social web.<br />The worldwide recession has a direct link with global internet usage. The credit crunch has been a catalyst for the decline in all consumer activity.<br />
  23. How to explain this?<br />Facebook & Twitter as a central hub for friends, entertainment, news & other content replace the traditional content providers.<br />Traditional websites aren’t social enough which has become the expected standard or they lack integration with the social web.<br />The worldwide recession has a direct link with global internet usage. The credit crunch has been a catalyst for the decline in all consumer activity.<br />
  24. How to explain this?<br />Facebook & Twitter as a central hub for friends, entertainment, news & other content replace the traditional content providers.<br />Traditional websites aren’t social enough which has become the expected standard or they lack integration with the social web.<br />The worldwide recession has a direct link with global internet usage. The credit crunch has been a catalyst for the decline in all consumer activity.<br />The banking crisis caused a correction, not just in consumer confidence and people’s spending power , but also in their values i.e. a refocus on the things that really matter to people (friends, family, leisure pursuits, work=life balance etc).<br />
  25. How to explain this?<br />Facebook & Twitter as a central hub for friends, entertainment, news & other content replace the traditional content providers.<br />Traditional websites aren’t social enough which has become the expected standard or they lack integration with the social web.<br />The worldwide recession has a direct link with global internet usage. The credit crunch has been a catalyst for the decline in all consumer activity.<br />The banking crisis caused a correction, not just in consumer confidence and people’s spending power , but also in their values i.e. a refocus on the things that really matter to people (friends, family, leisure pursuits, work=life balance etc).<br />People are just starting to get bored by the internet.<br />
  26. How to explain this?<br />Facebook & Twitter as a central hub for friends, entertainment, news & other content replace the traditional content providers.<br />Traditional websites aren’t social enough which has become the expected standard or they lack integration with the social web.<br />The worldwide recession has a direct link with global internet usage. The credit crunch has been a catalyst for the decline in all consumer activity.<br />The banking crisis caused a correction, not just in consumer confidence and people’s spending power , but also in their values i.e. a refocus on the things that really matter to people (friends, family, leisure pursuits, work=life balance etc).<br />People are just starting to get bored by the internet.<br />I’m seeing stuff that isn’t there.<br />
  27. So anybody smart enough to explain this to me?<br />
  28. Let’s hear it!<br />

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