New Box Stores Of the Online

Something I’m pondering…

You know how people said that the rise of the big box stores (like Wal-Mart) killed the mom-and-pop stores?  They say it because all the small stores were niche stores and then the box stores came along and swept up all the niches into a one-stop store.

I have always believed that the internet mimics what happens offline.  So I’m pondering what websites are the new box stores of the online.

Amazon sells everything.

Google finds everything.

Gmail brings in all personal messages.

Google Reader brings in all web subscriptions.

Google Shared blog now lets you share anything and very fast.

FriendFeed aggregates all social media.

Facebook does about everything inside the walls.

It’s almost like all the niches are being swallowed by the box stores of the online now.  What do you think?

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  • I’m pretty far behind in my reader, so I didn’t even know there *was* a Google Share. Looks like a smart idea for Google and a shot at Yahoo’s del.icio.us (which is my fav, but… whatever). The next step for Google Share would *seem to be* feed integration or some mechanism to pull in your Google Reader shares. Then comments and/or social integration features.

    Watch out. If Google does it well, you could be saying bye-bye to FF and del.icio.us.