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It was inevitable. But it still feels weird. According to StatCounter, the world is now officially accessing the Internet from mobile devices more than from desktops. We’re moving, folks.

As of October, the score is mobile and tablet: 51.3%. Desktop: 48.7%. StatCounter illustrated the findings with a chart that looks like a bird beak, wide at one end and pointed at the other. In 2009, it was almost 100% to 0% in favor of desktop.

Partly that feels weird because in the U.S. (and the U.K. and Ireland), it’s not true yet. We’re still a culture of desk jockeys. We spend 58% of our Internet life on a desktop, while the U.K. and Ireland spend 55.6% and 58%, respectively. However, we’re averaged out on this planet by emerging markets that have skipped the evolutionary phase of butts in Herman Millers and gone right to mobile devices being their primary—and sometimes only—Internet access point. India is at 75% mobile.

So what does this mean? That we’re out and about more? Not really. This category should more accurately be called “small device” than “mobile.” Phones are accessed as often from the couch as from McDonald’s. Plus, a laptop is mobile, but goes in the desktop category. Because it has a big screen.

What this really means is that we are experiencing the Internet (and life, some would say) predominately through small screens. That means the experience needs to take that into account. “Mobile-first” is a buzzword, but it really should be a rallying cray. Your brand, your product, your strategy, it all needs to mobilize. And that doesn’t it all needs to be optimized for mobile. It needs to be custom-built for it.

What happens next is uncertain. The English-speaking world is probably going to trend more mobile, although who knows if we’ll reach India levels. Meanwhile, the emerging world might yet go through a big-screen phase as their economies rise and they discover the joys of a great desk chair. Eventually, I hope, we will lose the two categories. Access to the Internet won’t depend on a type of device any more than a physical book experience does. We’ll have a whole new way of accessing the Internet and a whole new challenge of adapting our brand experiences to it.

But for now, if you’re not mobile, you’re not a factor.

Not much to say about this one other than your favorite expletive. The website “One Second on the Internet” purports to show and give some visual perspective to how much activity is happening on the Internet, in real-time. This includes reddit votes, Instagram uploads, Tumblr posts, Skype calls, tweets, Dropbox uploads, Google searches, YouTube views, and Facebook likes.

Let’s just say it’s a lot.

And I’m not sure if it’s a wave that’s fun to surf or one that will drown us all. Can be both, I guess.

Ludicrous Speed: France Achieves the Fastest Internet Speeds Ever

We might have hit a wall in the past few decades with how fast transportation can get, but it seems we’re still flogging our data with whips to make it mush. Recently, 400G per second was reached over an Internet connection between Paris and Lyons, France, in an endeavor between French companies Orange and Alcatel-Lucent. That’s the fastest Internet speed ever recorded.

According to the article:

A joint effort between French telecom company Orange and Alcatel Lucent has led to the fastest internet connection in the world, a 400 gigabyte/second connection, being set up between Paris and Lyon (450km or 275 miles). The connection, which uses Alcatel Lucent’s latest optical fiber technology, will consist of 44 wavelengths, and will be able to transfer 17.6 Terabits per second of traffic in total.

And the equipment used wasn’t just an experimental prototype. It’s apparently commercially available and called the 400G Photonic Service Engine.

Now if we can put that thing in a train or an airplane, we’d really be making progress.