The World Wide Web 2.0: Are You the Spider Or the Fly?

Do you remember a while back when someone had a computer, it was like they were aliens or something with this out of space technology; or even when computers took up whole room. It’s crazy because they couldn’t do a quarter of what a laptop can do today. Anyways, Over the past 10 years we’ve sat and watched computers go from something that only schools, the government and the wealthy had access to, to the massive electronic brains packed in an half an inch thick frame. With all that said, who would have ever thought 15 years ago when the internet was a black screen with green words, that we would be where we are today.

The world wide web in all it’s glory, is the single most powerful thing provided by access to a computer. You can do almost anything now; from paying your bills, ordering take out and even hiring a professional hit-man. Okay; I don’t know about the hit man but I’m sure it’s been thought of. Anyways, many people just use the internet as an escape from their reality. Someone could be the loneliness person on the planet but as long as they have their 10,000 total followers and friends on Facebook (who they’ll probably never meet), their happy. Straight home from work; log onto Facebook. On the way to work; Twitter. In the shower; Also twittering. Don’t act like you never tweeted in the shower. LOL.

So with all this power, I ask: Why are millions of people playing the fly in the world wide web? It’s either that they don’t know due to lack of knowledge, don’t care due to lack of focus and/or their standing at the door wanting to come in but they just can’t find the right key. Every single site that is logged into and I mean every single site, someone is making money from online traffic. Whether it be the person who owns the site or the company hosting the site. Everybody’s making money but the millions of people who don’t know that Tom of MySpace is a millionaire because of them. I’ve heard that he didn’t own MySpace and he was just the face of MySpace but it was sold in 2005 for $580 million dollars. So whoever owned it is… Not sitting back relaxing like you were probably thinking. They are thinking about the next big site or thing to create that society takes a hold of and makes them money.

I’m not going sit here and teach you every way that they make money online because there are to many out there and making money online is not a “get rich over night type thing”. You really have to put in work. I’m talking about typing paragraph after paragraph about this and that, searching for pictures that reiterate what your article is about and etc. I’m just finishing this post up at 1 in the morning but I’m making money. The list goes on and on but believe me it’s worth it. Just know that the internet can be used for more than a reality escape. Put your heart in it and you can take a vacation from your present reality and go to another because if your making $5,000 a month off the internet from home… Your going to love your reality and couldn’t wait to get back to it….. if your hearts in it of course. So tell me; Are you the spider or the fly?

As much as I would love to schedule a 1 on 1 and teach you what I know about making money online, I simply don’t have the time right now but maybe one day I’ll put together some small free course that will give you the basics. Until then, your going to have to learn the way I did. Hold Bill Gates hostage and tell him to put me in the first page of Google. I stopped being the fly and did some research. Now I feel as if I run the web. If you think your ready to run the web like me, Click Here! Unlike me, there are people who have mastered the web and can teach you like I was taught. Have fun and I take it that you have signed up for my blog already right?

“Today I begin a new life; Everybody moving is making money. It’s all about commerce, and if the world is divided between buyers and sellers, I’m gonna be a seller.” ~Baby Boy (Tyrese)

The Evolution of the World Wide Web: From Dial-Up to WiMax

When it comes to big changes in the past decade, nothing has garnered the amount of evolution and success that the world wide web has. At one point in recent history, no one got in touch with friends and accomplished work online, but now, that’s a common activity for those who are tech-savvy and regular people alike. And more and more workplace environments are switching to a digital approach, while colleges make it mandatory for their students to have laptops. It’s truly incredible how quickly things have managed to change with this technology.

To understand where the world wide web is destined to go, it’s crucial to actually comprehend its development. After all, the first networks and connections did not have wireless internet, and the speeds have increased so much that most people don’t remember a time that downloading movies was impossible and photos took upwards of 10 minutes to simply load on a web page. And the evolution of the web is only possible when communications and connectivity are able to advance, too. Streaming audio and video exist because of networks getting speedier, and with 4G and the latest high-speed connections, it’s possible to even video-conference while on the fly.

First, though, there was the dial-up modem. Using a phone line to connect to the web is a memory for all but the very young, and the noise and stress of waiting for pages to load kept the web as a playground for only the very devoted. But with the move from phone lines to cable lines, there was a leap in the amount of people who spent time online. Because of a faster speed, it was also possible to introduce wireless internet, which essentially took a regular speedy connection, added a router, and made it possible to get online from somewhere besides a desk. Because of this innovation, sales of laptops skyrocketed, and more people started looking at web access as something that could be mobile, rather than sedentary.

However, Wi-Fi has a number of limitations, and until recently, there were no solutions for any of them. Because of the router and its importance in getting online from somewhere besides a desk with a cord, people could only connect from close to the router. And this meant not actually being able to roam, much in the way that a landline used by a cordless phone still meant staying inside to make phone calls. But the introduction of WiMax, which takes the web signal to a network that’s national, has changed the game.

Now, it’s possible to open a laptop and connect from anywhere, thanks to towers that carry signals for upwards of mile and are able to bounce and continue signals from place to place. It’s possible to get on a train on the east coast and ride it all the way down south with the same signal, minus the stress of finding new networks. And as far as the web goes, any technology that changes the game means that people will be able to make innovative choices in how they design websites and content, too.

The Gmatrix Has You – Google’s Brilliant Conspiracy to Dominate the World Wide Web

Google’s mission, according to its corporate web site, is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”[1]. This may be their purpose, but they are financing this goal by dominating the long tail of the world wide web. Through its network of web properties, web applications and services, Google is brilliantly plotting to virtually own your online eye-time.

In a span of only 10 years, Google has grown from the graduate-level computer science project of Larry Page and Sergey Brin into the most valuable and pervasive network of properties and technologies on the world wide web.

Google’s properties include Google Search, Gmail, Google Reader, Google Code, Google Apps Partner Edition, iGoogle, Google Sites, YouTube, Maps, News, Shopping Groups, Books, Scholar, Finance, Blogger and too many others to list. There is scarcely a web site that Google does not touch in some way, whether it be via AdWords, AdSense, Analytics or Search.

Additionally, through the acquisition of technologies such as Urchin (now Google Analytics) and DoubleClick, Google is able to study how web users spend their time online, and position relevant advertising alongside nearly every piece of information that travels across the world wide web.

Google is also greatly extending its reach by offering a re-brandable version of Google Apps to Internet Service Providers, businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. This strategic move allows Google to to expand its empire by offering improved infrastructure to the barbarians like the Romans did two thousand years ago.
Six Degrees of Google

In his book “Linked”[2], Albert-László Barabási explores the ideas of Graph Theory as they apply to various types of networks. An example of Graph Theory at work is the popular game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon in which a player picks any random or obscure actor and another tries to connect them to Kevin Bacon is 6 links or less.Barabási explains, using Graph Theory, that there is nothing particularly unusual about Kevin Bacon’s position in Hollywood circles. In fact all entities or nodes in a given network are connected to all others by an astonishingly small number of links. For instance,Barabási found that every web page is connected to every other one of the billions of pages on the world wide web by an average of only 19 links or degrees of separation.

The close connection between all nodes in a graph, as Barabási explains, is possible due to what are known as Super Nodes[2], or nodes that have a very large number of links to other nodes. Super Nodes, within any graph, are the most important nodes because they connect all the others and shorten the distance between any two smaller nodes. This concept is exactly what Larry Page stumbled upon when he created the idea of PageRank[3]. Web pages or web sites with the most links are the super nodes of the world wide web. Google is arguably the largest of the super nodes on the world wide web. If the world wide web has a center, it is likely to be Google.

Google has discovered, however, that it can extend beyond being a super node to which all other nodes connect. By disseminating itself in the form of Analytics, AdSense, and AdWords, it can become part of every other node.

When Larry Page and Sergey Brin were negotiating with Wall Street underwriters to take Google public, there were many business experts who could not understand how their business model made money – or sense for that matter.[1] These experts, if you will pardon the pun, were rather short-sighted and missed the fact that Google is able to make money by what is known as the long tail, or selling a large number of items in small quantities.

In his book titled The Long Tail[4], Chris Anderson explains how a study of music downloads on Rhapsody demonstrates the long tail phenomenon. Mr. Anderson found that though the blockbuster hits, which account for 20% of music titles, may enjoy millions of downloads, the remaining 80% of titles or non-hits, when added together, account for a much larger volume of online music sales.

Google has masterfully positioned itself, through its vast network of online properties and tools and extensive reach, to capitalize on the long tail by earning a few pennies from the mouse clicks of billions of web users. The long tail applies to Google’s model because each text ad may only be clicked a few times, but there are many millions of ads and many billions of clicks.

All roads, as the saying goes, may lead to Rome, but on the world wide web, all nodes – and mouse clicks – lead to Google.

[1] google.com/corporate/
[2] Barabási, Albert-László. 2003. “Linked: How Everything is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life.” New York: Plume.
[3] Vise, David A., and Mark Malseed. The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media and Technology Success of Our Time. Paperback ed. Dell Pub., 2006.
[4] Anderson, Chris (2006). The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0237-8.