Jargon Watch: Splinternet

Up until very recently ‘super-standards’ like Internet Explorer for Windows-only features that plugged into .Net frameworks made using some corporate electronics services like banking a pain-in-the-ass. In fact, I still don’t do electronic banking because my bank of choice thinks that user experience should be the digital equivalent of Hellraiser’s cenobites that said bank probably paid a heinous amount of money for.

Forrester Research uses the phrase Splinternet to describe the divergent aspects of services via the worldwide web. Applications such as Twitter clients and iPhone services, mobile web services, the private walled gardens like Facebook and Friendster, games consoles and connected televisions.  The compatibility issues that once made the web’s experience torturous are likely to return because of the divergent nature of web access devices – web development is likely to get a lot more complex.