It’s the moment technology lovers have been dreading since the first click on Twitter. It’s the day that the old internet, with no Twitter, no Google, no instant messaging, no Facebook and no virtually every single social media platform to choose from, suddenly goes black.
Today, everyone will be welcome to migrate over to the new internet.
The first page that appears will have a massive banner ad promising them free access to YouTube. The next page will contain the audio of Peter Gabriel singing that song that everyone will have to stream, but has never heard of, “Sledgehammer” (it’s pretty cool, if you hate rock stars, listen here) and the next page will be Black ‘N’ Bleu’s online store. It might even contain a video link to some video, that you may even have seen without us noticing. All will be accompanied by a message which says “The old internet is gone. Do not quit your day job.”
This is the future of internet as we have known it.
The old internet is over. It will never return.
Technologically, that is. Other platforms will live on. Facebook will change its name to something more authentic, we’re pretty sure. Twitter might even ban video chat apps such as Tinder, or Instagram, and instead turn into a massive dating platform.
Or even just a dating platform where no one can actually see each other’s profiles.
Google will not die, and will probably get bigger.
Facebook might very well turn into some sort of Netflix for stories and ads, or a paywall where all the big names pay to be allowed in.
If it wants to stick around in the online space at all, Twitter will decide to give us a way to understand all the stuff that really isn’t our thing, such as memes.
Of course, even these will eventually die.
If the Old and New internet is either incompatible or just empty, the one with content will simply stop producing it. The Old internet will just be another thing to forget.