A wonderful article on nil&far proposes an answer to the pressing question of where the Internet is heading:
If you want to know what’s next for the web, look at where the interface is changing. Listen for where non-technical people say, “There is too much going on! Who can make sense of it all?” That’s exactly the cry the founders of companies like Pinterest, Evernote and Tumblr are answering. These companies mark the dawn of what I call the Curated Web.
We’re witnessing the Internet turning completely upside down. What used to be singular content broadcast to many is now becoming a plethora of content curated for one.
It’s all about the individual’s experience and finding ways to harness tons of information into an easy-to-swallow pill of personalized information.
But how far is too far? Facebook is doing this by customizing newsfeeds to give priorities to certain friend’s updates. Google is doing it by rolling out Search Plus Your World. Both provide custom tailored experiences from large amounts of data. Both also leave out tons of other valuable information.
The challenge of the future will be finding the sensitive balance between making sense of all this data and avoiding content censorship.