The Web vs Commercial Online Services
CompuServe, America Online, Genie,
Prodigy, eWorld etc. all use proprietary interfaces.
Comercial services lock you into their world
view. Thus eWorld gives you an Apple flavored world. There are
also concerns about censorship, as has happened with Prodigy.
The Web offers a single interface to all
services, based on open standards, and you get to choose whose
viewpoint you prefer.
On the Web, Anyone can be a
publisher - obsoleting monolithic information services