The web is dead? Not yet.

It depends on what you define as "the web". Browsers? Maybe. But internet traffic is higher than ever.

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Wired’s cover story this month, “The Web is Dead,” features the following chart showing the portion of internet traffic in different uses:

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Over the past few years, peer-to-peer services and video have gobbled up an increasing share of traffic, while he “traditional” web — you know, surfing from site to site, reading your favorite blog about economics, finance, and life, etc. — has been declining.

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Chris Anderson cites this as evidence of the pending death of the web. To which there is only one thing to say: wait a minute buster. Just because the web’s share of total bits and bytes is falling doesn’t mean it’s dying. Maybe it’s just that the other services are growing more rapidly.

One of the benefits of being off the grid for a week-plus is that other commentators have already had the same thought and have tracked down the relevant data. Kudos to Rob Beschizza at BoingBoing for charting the data in absolute terms. Rather than dying, the web is still growing like fresh bacteria in a petri dish:

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