One of my professors the other day brought up an interesting topic. She said that eventually, and not really anytime soon, websites will become obsolete. Now when she first said this it baffled me. We hear all this talk and facts that paper news (magazines, newspapers, etc.) are going out of style which is understandable since you can find all of that information on the web. Now with the talk that websites will no longer be around makes one wonder, what will replace them? She went into talking about how "smart phones" are really beginning to take off with Apples iPhone, Googles G1 and My Touch, and Blackberries. All of these phones have the ability to run applications. Now I have a Blackberry and for instance, when I open up the ESPN app that I have on it, it then opens up my internet browser and brings me directly to ESPN's mobile page. So this belief didn't really sit with me well. But the more Ive thought about it the more It kind of makes sense.
Think about the most common uses for web pages. Facebook, twitter, weather updates, news, and shopping. With "smart phones" you can open up the facebook application and use facebook almost exactly the same way without being on the actual website. The same applies to twitter. They also make applications for weather. You can check everything from the current temperature to the five day forecast and in some cases even the Doppler radar. On some phones the main screen even has the weather for your area right on it. Makes you kind of wonder, whats the point of Weather.com. AS for news, well this, at least in my case, is very similar to the ESPN app that is on my phone. The CNN and Associative Press app brings you to their respective mobile sites. However, on some phones you can have a news feed right on your home screen, just like the weather, making those websites obsolete. And shopping, well I am only familiar with the Amazon application, but it works almost identically to Amazon.com, you just dont have to actually go to their website.
After thinking more about her statement, it seems to actually make sense. I would not be surprise if eventually websites were talked about in the same breath as newspapers and magazines. Maybe someday people will be writing their term papers on their phones and taking online classes through an application. Who really knows, but it sure is interesting.