Can You Top the Hyperlink?

I recently posted about hyperlink being legally defined and that got me ta thinkin’, in terms of Internet innovations has the hyperlink been topped? In many respects one could assert that the hyperlink is the Internet as we know it today. Yes, I know that the ‘Net is an interconnected web of computers etc. etc. but in terms of modern usage of the ‘Net, absent the hyperlink most would not recognize the Internet, and we would all know far more command prompts.

In doing a bit of research it seems that the term “hyperlink” has been around since the early 1960’s but I would guess that it did not enter the common lexicon of terms until the early to mid-90’s; which is when the hyperlink as we know it started to become prominent. I would be so bold as to assert that the hyperlink has not been topped. The closest development I would say, would be mobile computing; however, mobile computing relies on the hyperlink in order to function and the phrase “mobile computing” is more about the delivery mechanism than the actual functionality. Applications, or Apps, could also be held up to the hyperlink. Apps do not rely on the hyperlink as much as has been the norm in the past; however, apps still require hyperlinks in order to function as well. The App also has not yet displayed the staying power needed to contend for the top of the heap.

So I’m asking Slaw-yers, has the hyperlink been topped?


  1. Top for what purpose?

    Toward making the contents of the internet useable, I depend on relevance-sorted search.

    Sure, if all documents posted on the web were linked (directly or indirectly) to all others by hyperlinks (a connected graph), one could navigate to any document on the internet, but that’s a bit “if”, and web browsing would be a lot more laborious.

    I mean, it’s impressive that there are billions (trillions?) of links, but I don’t want to have to follow a potentially very long series of hyperlinks every time I want to find the document I want to use. Not to mention that with so many web pages out there, I am probably unaware of many of the documents that I might want to use.

  2. Net Neutrality, as an aspiration, is fundamental and more far-reaching than any particular software (such as google’s algorithm) or protocol (such as http). It existed as a default in earlier times, but has been under assault for a long time now, probably about 15 years.