The New Year is already by the corner, and perhaps, it may not be utterly out of place to present our analysts predictions on the internet technology trends that will dominate 2011. The past reviews on top trends for 2010 has, however, painted a vivid picture on some of the innovations that will herald the new year. The social web experience will definitely take a center stage in defining the overall web trends for the coming year, however, the major trends to watch are as follows:

Mobile Web: The social web experience is expected to shift to the mobile web as the center stage in the coming year, given the fact that over 85% of  mobile phone shipments in the coming year will be smartphones, and about 70% of the world populations having internet access. Also, the easily availability of free mobile apps via Android, iPhone and Symbian that enhance the social web experience of Facebook and Twitter are on the rise.

Third-Party Authentication Services: Now running for the third year, this internet trend will see more implementation, as more online users will turn to Facebook Connect and Google Friend Connect instead of direct registry and log-in.

Real-Time Analytics: Applications that comes with data and real-time capabilities, as associated with the social web, have accelerated the demand for this service. And 2011 will see more application of it, even as Twitter is set to introduce a real-time analytic service.

Social Web TV: As the quest for real-time access to information heightens, and Twitter purported interest in bridging the connection between online users and the offline world in real-time, allowing TV viewers to interact via tweets. Twitter had earlier stated at the MTV Awards that it wants to be the real-time TV channel of the decade.

Location-Based Service: Location services will experience a major boom following the mainstream of the mobile web and applications, which may prove a success for mobile advertising and monetization schemes.

However, given the predictability of technology, to the extent to which they are true, remains the real question. Let us know your part of the predictions for the new year in the comments.

Internet Trends: Predictions For 2011

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.

Internet Trends: Year In Review

As applicable to booking flight online, natural language search, eliminates the need of manual selection of airport, flight destination, and other options in conducting a flight search. In other words, whereas, under the conventional method, your query parameter for a flight schedule will include: date, airport and destination, the new flight search technology will include the scheduled date, possible fare predictions and cheapest options.

Given instance, entering 'flights from Boston to Los Angeles in June' will fill in the flight search forms with the parameters you need, making you only one click away from a list of results that match your query.

Microsoft search engine service, Bing in a blog post on Monday announced the introduction of the new feature to enhance users access to flight information and enable faster web experience.

Although, online flight search is desperately seeking an enhanced technological improvement, as occasioned by the purported deal by Google to acquire ITA Software, which none-the-less has met stiff opposition from different quarters - Microsoft's latest move, may perhaps turn the travel search tide on its favor.

The quest for travel search perfection is still on going, and the next move will definitely be Google's, however, the overall winner will be online users.

Application Of Natural Language To Search

The first release candidate of Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) scheduled for first quarter next year will feature an opt-in 'tracking protection' mechanism, that will enable users eliminate websites tracking their browsing sessions, according to a report on Microsoft's IE Blog Tuesday.

The tracking protection system comprises of  a 'Tracking Protection Mechanism' and 'Tracking Protection Lists': whereby, the mechanism identify and block many forms of undesired tracking, while the Lists will enable users control what third-party contents can track them when online.

The underlying technology mechanism, however, tends to offer new option in empowering online consumers with an open platform, complementing their awareness and control over who can track their online activities.

Dean Hachamovitch, VP Internet Explorer development, explained further that the 'Tracking Protection' feature will not replace InPrivate filtering, a feature that made debut on IE8, but will serve a complimentary purpose. And that the Tracking Protection mechanism will only be active when a user turns it on.

The incessant security issues associated with the incumbent web browser has taken center stage in almost every users considerations, and have perhaps given the late entrants ample chances of success. However, the dominant question on the mind of analysts has been, is Microsoft refocusing its technicality on privacy concerns over security?

IE9 Tracking Protection: Privacy Or Security?

Google has announced the integration of Adobe Flash player to Chrome sandbox as a measure to tighten the porous security issue with the media player. It follows the technology advancement in the new sandbox capability which started with incorporation of  HTML and JavaScript into the Google browser.

This latest move by Google, demonstrates the vantage position of the ace media player and its growing significance in the area of animations and video rendering. However, Google has stressed that the move is a milestone in making Chrome safer, and improve protection against additional attack vectors, by providing full implementation of sandboxed Flash player.

Sandbox amongst other functions help prevent applications and its exploitation in accessing protected computer resources. It protects sensitive resources from being accessed by malicious code, while allowing applications to use less-sensitive ones.

The initial implementation of the Flash player sandbox for Chrome dev channel users will run on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Chrome is currently the only browser on the XP platform that runs Flash player in a sandbox.

Adobe, however, have demonstrated its willingness to mitigate the maligning security concern on its media player, as can be seen in its earlier project, Reader X for windows with sandboxing technology. And Google on the other hand, has made an ample use of the opportunity in curtailing the security breach in the Flash, to jump-start its purported Chrome Web Store project.

Sandbox For Adobe Flash Player