“But they haven’t shown the web itself the respect and care it deserves, as a medium which has enabled them to succeed. And they’ve now narrowed the possibilites of the web for an entire generation of users who don’t realize how much more innovative and meaningful their experience could be.”
@anildash commercial businesses don’t care for the web if it doesn’t directly serve them. What we web snobs need to do is put our heads together in order to figure it out how to make the mobile web disrupt apps quicker than will happen organically. It would make a great unconference in fact.
What we web snobs need to do is take action because it’s the right thing to do and because we care about it, rather than because it could be a commercial business. 10 years ago I remember being so excited everytime I talked to people because of the cool projects that they were working on -because they were cool. My mind would be constantly racing about how these things could work together. A decade of every pitch being followed up by some dick in the crowd asking “whats the business model” has changed that and now everytime I talk to someone they tell me about their business rather than project, they tell me how it will make money rather than what good it will do. We need an organization or a foundation or a fucking credo that tells people it’s OK to spend time and effort on things that are good for the web rather than things that might be valuable to investors. Better than OK, it’s required. We need something in place that tells investors and companies that if they want this thing to continue they have to invest in it’s future. I don’t know what that looks like, but I want more than anything to see people build things because they think they are cool again, rather than because they think they could get some traction in the app store.