I’m constantly amazed by how many people want to start throwing dirt on the web era, claiming that everything is now mobile first.
AllThingsD weighed in with the provocative headline, “Could Pinterest Be the Last Big Web-First Internet Company?”
“We’re probably the last big website,” Sharp said. “As far as I know, we’re the last startup to become high-profile on the Web.”
It’s a provocative argument that Pinterest could be sandwiched between
the Web and mobile eras — following Web giants like Facebook and Tumblr
as they slide to mobile, as well as others, like Pandora and Groupon, which have made an even stronger leap to phones, and preceding more recent mobile-first stars like Instagram and WhatsApp.”
The problem with this argument is that, as usual, it assumes that the only Internet companies that exist are consumer companies.
Mobile/touch computing is a game-changer, especially for consumer computing. My family has had computers since I was just a lad, starting with an Apple ][+ in the early 1980s. My mom never started using them until about five years ago, when she began using AOL to email her friends (and send me a never-ending stream of chain letters; I’ve been tempted many times to build a special app that would run every forwarded email through Snopes.com and send an automated debunking email–I think it would be very popular with a lot of 30- and 40-somethings with retired parnts). But her usage was still minimal, and was often punctuated with calls asking me for tech support.
Two years ago, she got an iPad. Now she uses it for hours each day.
Phones and tablets are far superior for casual consumption. But I use my desktop for the vast majority of my non-email work, and I still prefer it for email as well, given the volumes that I receive and send.
I also use my desktop for writing documents, composing blog posts, and just about every other creative endeavor I perform.
You can’t beat large screens and physical keyboards for doing real work. And until we’re all using neural implants with our Google Glass 7s, that’s not going to change.