When do we use 'on the web' and when 'in the web'?

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  • That was correct, of course.
    – Kris
    Nov 6 '13 at 5:32
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    If you're talking about the internet, I think it's almost always 'on the web'. Unless you're talking about a spider's web, or - as @Kris says - 'in the web of his malicious plan...' Nov 6 '13 at 5:41
  • By the way, there's still a persisting confusion in people between 'the Web' (www) and the 'Internet'. Most consider the terms synonymous, which they are not. Something that is on the Web is in no way related to anything that is on the Internet.
    – Kris
    Nov 7 '13 at 4:35
  • @Kris: Well... if something is on the web than it must be on the internet, yes?
    – MrHen
    Nov 7 '13 at 5:24
  • @MrHen There, again :) Why do you think so?
    – Kris
    Nov 7 '13 at 5:25

A quick Google Search, especially under 'Books' & 'News' will make it amply clear that 'on the web' is predominantly used in the context of the World Wide Web.

Most of the instances of 'in the web' relate to the idiom '(caught) in the web (of ...),' etc., or if it's the www then a different phrasing such as 'in the web site,' 'in the web development' etc.

  • @CharanyaV "alot" is not English. You mean "a lot".
    – RegDwigнt
    Nov 6 '13 at 11:35
  • Till recently, the Web used to be written with a capital W leaving no room for ambiguity, as was the case with the Internet. Today, that practice is fading, though.
    – Kris
    Nov 7 '13 at 4:33

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