The current status quo #
It's marked as the reign of centralized networks
So we all know twitter, facebook, google+, pinterest, youtube or any other network out there that's centralized in someway and free to use.
Most of their revenue is based entirely on advertisements. It is possible because they hold large quantities of meta data about their users which is helping them target the client ads. This model is untrustworthy because it's based on some shady algorithms and the highest bidder (like in an auction house) and if I want to explore something new I should't rely on advertisements because the result will be based on who has the biggest wallet. It will not be corelated with the value it may give me. And let's agree - there're more "organic" ways of marketing what's valuable (based on usage, reviews, rates etc.etc.)
Also exposing my own data and giving it freely to other centralized services can be little annoying. I know if I want to keep something private I should not post it on internet but this is not the case. The good thing is that government and other agencies can track down pedophiles, terrorists and other illegal stuff but this can be abused for eavesdropping. For now some centralized products out there are swearing that they preserve privacy or at least try to expose user data requests.
This issue is beginning to propagate in people minds and the ratio of distrust is rising. Starting with the IT sphere were we are security and privacy paranoids. So that's why I think we should focus more on making distributed web applications.