Here’s a thought-provoking piece on Chris Dixon’s blog about the decline of the mobile web. In it, he discusses some of the ramifications of recent trends around organization putting their entire mobile strategy in apps while leaving their mobile websites to ghettoize. According to the post:
The likely end state is the [mobile] web becomes a niche product used for things like 1) trying a service before you download the app, 2) consuming long tail content (e.g. link to a niche blog from Twitter or Facebook feed).
This will hurt long-term innovation…
How this shakes out could really determine our relationship with, and the nature of, the web in the near-future.
Oh, and make sure you also read through the comments, as there are some great counterpoints and some interesting context there.