What Is The Inevitable Death Of The Internet?

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Since the release of the public World Wide Web in 1993 the internet, as well as the programs shared and created on it, has developed into a significant part of our lives. We use it to communicate over long distances, locate businesses, find job offerings, directions, inspiration, share our thoughts and opinions with others, and even as an escape from. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’ve become co-dependent on so many of the applications of the web. But could you imagine if all the websites we find ourselves using, at the very least, a weekly basis suddenly vanished? This isn’t as unlikely a scenario as it may seem. Perhaps they may not disappear immediately or entirely, but without us even realizing websites are dying all the time by the hundreds.

“According to Jim Barksdale and Francine Berman, an estimated 44 percent of Web sites that existed in 1998 vanished without a trace within just one year. The average life span of a Web site is only 44 to 75 days”

What causes the seemingly inevitable death of a website? There’s nothing terribly fascinating about the process. In the case of many older webpages, dating back to as early as 1990 before the internet was even publicly released, it’s most likely that the company hosting the site is no longer
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Within only one month of MySpace’s release in 2004, the site had accumulated 1 million registered users. Unlike the competition between DigitalSpace Traveler and SecondLife that occurred so suddenly, Facebook and MySpace were officially open for public use around the same time. This made the transfer of users more gradual since the two had co-existed as popular social networks up until Myspace’s fall around 2008. ((Rephrase)) But if this was the case then how did Myspace manage loose its enormous user-base? Awful web designing was one reason. As much more eloquently described in a web article written by The Small Business Authority

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