"The online world is continuously expanding — always aggregating more services,
more users and more activity. Last year, the number of websites registered on
the “.com” domain surpassed 150,000,000.
However, more than a quarter of a century since its first commercial use, the
growth of the online world is now slowing down in some key categories.
We conducted a multi-year research project analysing global trends in online
diversity and dominance. Our research, published today in Public Library of
Science, is the first to reveal some long-term trends in how businesses compete
in the age of the web.
We saw a dramatic consolidation of attention towards a shrinking (but
increasingly dominant) group of online organisations. So, while there is still
growth in the functions, features and applications offered on the web, the
number of entities providing these functions is shrinking."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics