inessential by Brent Simmons

Six or seven websites

Does anybody else remember this?

In 1999 or so it seemed like all I heard was how before long there would just be six or seven websites. The biggest sites with the most money would remain, and all the other sites would disappear.

I didn’t believe it then. And it was right around the time of those predictions that weblogging software like Blogger and Manila appeared.

So this is just a reminder—when people predict total corporate domination for the web, they’ll probably be wrong.

They’d be right about pretty much anything else, but not the web.