Internet Trends: Year In Review

The internet world has witnessed the phenomenal rise of the social networking hubs, Facebook and Twitter, with Facebook now accounting for almost 30% of online users time worldwide according to Internet World Stats. And as the quest for real-time information sharing deepens, also came in, location-based technologies and collaboration tools such as MediaWiki (which is the software that powers WikiPedia).

Google Wave project, the erstwhile unsuccessful collaboration venture of the internet search giant, also stressed the growing need for instant information sharing. Albeit, that the project suffered mainly due to the exclusion of a standard messaging system, even more stressing the vantage position of messaging system is any would-be successful collaboration tool.

Now, the year 2010 has heralded lots of promises in the social web, incorporating new technologies such as Cloud Computing, and the entrant positioning of HTML5 in the core web media technology.

The social web is indeed the network of the future, given an open platform and worldwide distribution of data sharing networks linking people, organizations and ideas. User generated contents and community building is perhaps what is driving this trend. Instant information has also given the mobile web a great boost, as users invariably want prompt access to these information.

Internet search services, too are not left out of the growing trends in social web, as new search technologies like instant search (introduced by Google), natural language introduction to travel search (Bing) are all geared to enhance local information and prompt access, even so, more applicable to the mobile web.

In summary, the whole of 2010 can be said to be the year of the social web, a triumphant of the open standards against conventional internet technologies. And the proceeding year will see these trends taken to greater heights, as the social phenomenon is a futuristic timeless quest.
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