We spent six years scouring billions of links, and found the web is both expanding and shrinking

Fri, 7 May 2021 05:13:30 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"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 ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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