Internet Trends - Predictions For 2009


More surprises from Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg and company keep springing new surprises in innovations. I wish open standards ruled the world, but Facebook Connect is so compelling that it can't be ignored. I'd like to see Data Portability prioritized a touch above full-blown privacy, but Facebook's relatively tame version of portability is getting real traction while others are stuck in the land of promises and proofs of concept.

Enhanced Life-streaming: the explosion of the news-feed powered Facebook to the experimental polling technology of FriendFeed, 2008 was a big year for the "Lifestream" - the technology of aggregating data from all your activities on different social networks around the web. No one summed it up better than Mark Krynsky in his Lifestream Blog post The Year in Life-streaming for 2008. In 2009, I'll be watching the parties above, but also MovableType's Motion, social media ping server Gnip, etc.

OpenID Gets More Support From Big Companies: Owing to the dominance of Facebook, Big companies will have incentive to give OpenID more support. MySpace, AOL, Yahoo - all have made meaningful moves to support OpenID before, but now that Facebook is clearly dominating them all, I expect to see these companies make bigger moves towards OpenID and other standards.

RealTime Integrations: New real-time web app launched that will integrate Twitter, FriendFeed & more in ways we never could have imagined. Google Chrome adds plugins...one of them is a Google plugin that lets you integrate Google Mail, Reader, & other Google products/services right into the browser.

What are your predictions? Let us know in the comments, so we can check who has gloating rights at the end of 2009!
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