Re: Is the idea of a website dying?
I don't think it can replace the functionality of commercial ecommerce software. I do think businesses are using it to promote their products more than they use their websites to do it, which is a sharp contrast to, say, 5 years ago.
The college i work for is trying to do a lot of their promotion around facebook, something i resisted at first.
It seems to me, the company website is now the backend, with social media sites the public face, at least for now. The industry trends change so quickly that if you become involved in designing an application, you can miss some stuff if you don't pay attention.
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