From desktop to apps

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I sometimes feel out of place in the late 2010s. I feel like a person stuck in late 2000s. People seem to use apps more than desktop web browser these days. Hence I ran a poll in twitter to see how people access twitter.

I sometimes feel out of place in the late 2010s. I feel like a person stuck in late 2000s. I use a laptop and I dislike mobile phones because you cannot hack and change them the way you’d hack a laptop/desktop. I avoid using apps when there’s a browser alternative. I avoid using payment services and taxi aggregators. I don’t use Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram. The major social media platform that I currently use is twitter and that too only on my laptop. For chat I use a self-hosted XMPP service run by my brother.

I just wanted to see how much out of place I am. Sometime ago, I saw someone tweeting “I’m never leaving this app”, refering to twitter as an ‘app’. That sentence was rather alien to me – I never viewed twitter as an app. I always feel that accessing any service in mobile phones are very constraining. Hence I ran a poll asking how people access twitter:

A Twitter poll "How do you access twitter?" with results: 74% twitter app, 17% mobile browser, 0% desktop browser and 10% all the above

Turns out most people access via twitter app or any mobile browser. No one exclusively used desktop. Desktop browser was a secondary option and twitter app and mobile browser were the primary means. I searched in random in twitter for other similar polls and got something similar.

A Twitter poll "How do you access twitter?" with results: 20% PC/Mac, 64% smart phone and 16% tablet/other

A Twitter poll "How do you access twitter?" with results: 10% desktop, 64% mobile and 26% both

I’ve never used twitter app, but I assume that it is convenient and portable as compared to a laptop. With so many people using apps, I wonder - will be a time when support for desktop browser will be completely stopped by most services?

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