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2013 Has Been A Terrible Year for the Internet

2013 is over. 2014 begins.

In 2013, we published 84 blogs. This is the 85th. The last of 2013.

With the last blog of 2013, instead of chatting about the Cloud, instead of talking about web hosting and instead of talking about how to resolve Linux OS issues, we are going to tackle a much larger topic – one we touched on yesterday in “The Internet is Broken. The Cloud Is Next.” For the last Solar VPS blog of 2014 we are going to talk about the continuing broken state of the Internet, the problem with Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, and why, once and for all, American ISP’s need to match or better the offered Internet speeds of Google Fiber.

Yes, this will be a rant blog. Yes, this will be a blog lamenting the state of the Internet. Yes, this will be a blog lambasting ISP’s and their horrible practices. Yes, it’s 2014 and we are mad as hell.

The Internet Is Broken

We normally don’t link to other sources but if you missed it, do yourself a favor and read the Esquire blog titled, “The Year We Broke the Internet.” Trust us, it’s a critical read to understand where our Internet culture currently stands. If you choose not to read it, no surprise, the Internet is broken. The reason? Us. Yes, us.

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The SMAC Future of the Internet

To be connected, the Internet has the promise of global connection

The Internet is a funny thing. From the start of the Internet – military projects and all that – the Internet was meant to be a tool of mass communication. From it’s earliest days, the Internet was meant to open up the world to the masses by making the world a more inclusive place. To connect everything to everyone by making the world smaller. That was and still is the overall plan for the Internet. However over time a funny thing has happened – with the ever increasing ability of communications, the Internet as a whole hasn’t lived up to its promise of connecting everything to everyone, everywhere. Due to multiple obstacles, the limiting of information, firewalls and monetary issues, the Internet is still relativity in it’s infancy promise stage.

Well, with the advent of SMAC, the promise of everything to everyone, everywhere, is starting to take shape.

What is SMAC?

SMAC

Right off the bat, as SMAC isn’t a highly popularized term, SMAC stands for Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud. The promise is SMAC is to fully bring to realization what the original Internet intended – full connection. With that in mind the question becomes how is SMAC making good on the promise of full connection across the Internet? Let’s tackle it by going over the varying categories of SMAC. First, Social.

Social

The social element of SMAC is, on its head, pretty easy to describe. Social, i.e. large scale social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, Reddit, Digg and StumbleUpon, serve as a direct call and response of active online users. The active online users – a connected network – have the ability to not only blog/chat about whatever they please, more importantly, they have the ability to change, in real time, the products/solutions/services of brands and companies they love. The true power of 140 characters isn’t saying I am alive, it’s changing the world around through mass social communication.

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