The Death of the Link 💀

Dirk von Gehlen in der Süddeutschen über den Tod des alten Internets - und wem er nützt: „Der Link, die Webseite, der Artikel - alle bald tot? Facebook, Apple und Twitter bauen an einem neuen Netz, das Nutzer vom freien Web fernhält. Jenem Netz, auf dem das Imperium von Google gründet.“

Er bezieht sich dabei vor allem auf diesen Text von Mathew Ingram bei Fortune: Facebook, Twitter and the death of the link –

In the old days of the web, links were a way of showing that you had done your research, a way of supporting your facts and assertions, and also a way of paying your respects to other bloggers writing about the same things. But as blogs became media companies, links started to get buried at the bottom of stories, and aggregators in many cases never bothered linking to the original source at all.

From that perspective, features like Facebook’s Instant Articles and Twitter’s Moments are just the continuation of an ongoing process of devaluing the hyperlink— a process that values the stream over the URL, the in-app experience over the click. Another step in the transformation of the web into something more like television. Is that bad? I honestly don’t know. But there’s no question it’s happening.

– und diese Zitate von Evan Williams (Ex-Twitter-Obermufti, Medium):

Battelle: What’s the state of independent publishing?

Williams: It is in flux. We never realized the potential of it that we saw with blogging and the open Internet. In the next three years, it’s going to look massively different and it will do well.

The idea won’t be to start a website. That will be dead. The individual website won’t matter. The Internet is not going to be about billions of people going to millions of websites. It will be about getting it from centralized websites.

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