Monday, June 10, 2013

Will Google and Facebook be gone in 5 years?

I found an article from about a year ago that still looks interesting.

The author of this article asserts (states) that within 5 years both Google and Facebook will be considered relatively useless. He states both companies will, basically, disappear.

He seems to believe that people are turning more to mobile "phone" or 'smartphone' technology and are not using laptops or computers as much.  People will begin using mobile 'applications' more in the future instead of traditional websites.

Furthermore, and this is my opinion, Google has, basically, turned the internet into garbage anyway.  The internet is now filled with inaccurate (false) information, advertisements and gossip.  The internet was supposed to be an amazing educational and informational resource, but it has been corrupted (ruined).

The article:

What do you think?  How often do you use your laptop or computer these days? Do you think the traditional internet is dead?

Vocabulary to help you understand the article:

to launch - to start something. (Literally, after a boat is made or constructed it is 'launched' into the sea.)

a paradigm - basically, in this article, he means a new situation or a new understanding of a new situation.

triumphant winner - happy winner

woeful - sad

'ghost town' - empty

liability of obsolescence - basically a liability is a problem or flaw with something.  In this article every company that starts some type of internet product will not be able to prosper (succeed) for very long because the environment is always changing unpredictably. Obsolescence (becoming out of date) happens very quickly now.

to be obsolete - no longer needed or useful

to be out of touch - not aware of what's happening

the velocity of change - the speed of change

a shell of itself - not the whole self, the insides are gone and only the outer part remains; most of it is gone (the shell of an animal is the outer covering.

an entrant - someone entering a competition or situation

to its detriment - to its harm

to drag one's feet - if you drag your feet in regard to something, you take a long time to do something. To drag something is to pull it along the ground. So if you are dragging your feet, you are not walking quickly.

to proliferate - to grow, to spread

to emulate - to imitate

dynamic - if something is dynamic it changes a a lot

jumping horses - I think this means changing strategies

the pace of change - the rate of change

up for grabs - available; to grab is to catch something (this phrase is slang). If something is up for grabs, it is up in the air and anyone can catch it.

web monopolies are not as sticky - they are not very long lasting

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