jimh009 - 7:48 am on Jan 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
Hmm....ok, I'll take a few guesses on what the New Year holds for 2011, for both online and off.
1. Google will begin to lose just a bit of market share, but will remain by far the "top dog" in search due to a simple lack of competitors. Bing is good, but not "so good" that it will make Google go away anytime soon.
2. Social Media will reach it's peak sometime this year - then begin to fade into 2012 as "something else" replaces it.
3. Mobile web will become increasingly important for site owners - even content oriented sites like mine will need a "re-do" for at least some sections.
4. US Stock Market will be about where it is now, +/- 5%
5. Canada and Australia will see the beginning of their housing bubble crashes.
6. Twitter will start to fade in popularity, usurped by something else or Twitters drive to monetize will turn away users (as a personal note, I really dislike Twitter so I am biased).
7. The New York Times experiment with their upcoming pay wall will come to a quiet end by the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012.
8. The US Economy will sort of limp along as it has for much of 2010. Unemployment remains very high by end of the year (9%+).
9. Online sales continue to eat away at brick and mortar sales. Amazon continues to gain market share.
10. Microsoft finally takes over Yahoo in a bid well-below what they offered previously.
11. Big problems in the publishing industry as ebooks finally cause the traditional print publishing industry to start to crumble.
12. Gas prices are going to get real high this summer, approaching $4 a gallon or perhaps even higher....
13...Which is a bummer, since it's going to make my 3 month summer vacation and 3 month "work vacation" this spring/fall much more expensive!