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This “Map of the internet 1.0” is great and the detail is incredible. Data FTW!
See the full version in all of it’s glory on Deviant Art. 
I would say however, because this map was inspired by xkcd’s awesome Online Communities 2.0 map from 2010 that it probably should be titled Map of the Internet 3.0.
(via Map of the Internet 1.0. by JaySimons on deviantART)

This “Map of the internet 1.0” is great and the detail is incredible. Data FTW!

See the full version in all of it’s glory on Deviant Art. 

I would say however, because this map was inspired by xkcd’s awesome Online Communities 2.0 map from 2010 that it probably should be titled Map of the Internet 3.0.

(via Map of the Internet 1.0. by JaySimons on deviantART)

The blog is dead, long live the blog » Nieman Journalism Lab » Jason Kottke

"The Stream might be on the wane but still it dominates. All media on the web and in mobile apps has blog DNA in it and will continue to for a long while.”

Sometime in the past few years, the blog died. In 2014, people will finally notice. Sure, blogs still exist, many of them are excellent, and they will go on existing and being excellent for many years to come. But the function of the blog, the nebulous informational task we all agreed the blog was fulfilling for the past decade, is increasingly being handled by a growing number of disparate media forms that are blog-like but also decidedly not blogs.

Instead of blogging, people are posting to Tumblr, tweeting, pinning things to their board, posting to Reddit, Snapchatting, updating Facebook statuses, Instagramming, and publishing on Medium. In 1997, wired teens created online diaries, and in 2004 the blog was king. Today, teens are about as likely to start a blog (over Instagramming or Snapchatting) as they are to buy a music CD. Blogs are for 40-somethings with kids.

Instead of launching blogs, companies are building mobile apps, Newsstand magazines on iOS, and things like The Verge. The Verge or Gawker or Talking Points Memo or BuzzFeed or The Huffington Post are no more blogs than The New York Times or Fox News, and they are increasingly not referring to themselves as such.

The primary mode for the distribution of links has moved from the loosely connected network of blogs to tightly integrated services like Facebook and Twitter. If you look at the incoming referrers to a site like BuzzFeed, you’ll see tons of traffic from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Stumbleupon, and Pinterest but not a whole lot from blogs, even in the aggregate. For the past month at kottke.org, 14 percent of the traffic came from referrals compared to 30 percent from social, and I don’t even work that hard on optimizing for social media. Sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy aren’t seeking traffic from blogs anymore. Even the publicists clogging my inbox with promotional material urge me to “share this on my social media channels” rather than post it to my blog.

The nice thing that still happens when you’re listening to radio is discovery. … I was on Wikipedia the other day and I was thinking, Wikipedia needs to have a “Next Page” button — so, what’s the next thing that would come alphabetically after the thing you’re looking at, or the thing before, so you can learn new things. … I want to be surprised, I want to go to things that I don’t know I don’t know about.

In a wide-ranging conversation with Jeffrey Zeldman about her new book, Self-Portrait as Your TraitorDebbie Millman proposes a brilliant solution to the Internet’s greatest flaw – the filter bubble that gives us more of what we already know we’re looking for rather than broadening our scope of vision with what we don’t yet know we’d be interested in, much like flipping to a random page of a traditional encyclopedia does. Because, lest we forget, we’re wired to pay attention to only what we’re expecting to see (via explore-blog)

When cookies go away: Google, ad exchanges, and ISPs fighting to control the future of the Internet

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In a giant “game of thrones,” Google, ad networks, internet service providers, browser manufacturers, and mobile operating system vendors are engaged in a massive — and mostly secret — battle for control of the future of the Internet. Or, at least, the part of it that makes money. via Pocket