Just read this article (The iPhone Killed the Open Web, Again) on Gizmodo, referencing this article (The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet) from Wired. Basically, Wired is saying that the “open web” is giving way to closed or semi-closed services and apps like those we are seeing from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc.
This is kind of true and kind of not. The “open web” as I see it is more than a series of links and pages and resources. It’s a source of CONTENT that needs to be presented in compelling formats. One of the best ways to format content over the Internet, is the Web, via HTTP and HTML. Fine.
The biggest new thing on the internet, though, is how the myriad devices and screens that are out will subscribe to and display content in ways that make sense for their specific application and audience.
If it so happens that the web browser on an iPhone never gets used anymore – who cares?
What interests me is the idea that we as developers can produce content and content APIs that gets used in whatever way we allow it to be. That’s the future of the internet – content APIs that can be attributed back to the content owner or distributer. The days of leeching content over the web are, I hope, going away.
more later – joel.