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Predictions for 2010
Here's mine, at least as far as the web goes:
This will be the year that cable TV really, really gets worried about television streaming over the web. YouTube is looking at pay-per-view:
And anyone wanting to be called a webmaster will HAVE to get comfortable with video, creatively and technically. Video will show up on Amazon.
I predict Bing is going to grow faster than many expected.
I predict term "social media" will be heard less, but that social media will be used on more mainstream web sites.
At the end of 2010, Facebook will still be looking for a business model. So will Twitter.
Regarding the real world:
In the US, the Republicans will gain a few seats in the House but none in the Senate. Most of the Republicans will be political moderates.
The overall stock market will be about where it is. (The S&P 500 closed at 1109 today.)
Regarding my world:
I will go back to the gym.
I will get the house painted.
I will take a fun vacation somewhere.
Business-wise, I am clueless.
Edit: Added link
Google will return to full bore acquisition mode and pick up more really hot companies in the mobile communications industry.
Housing market will stabilize and home prices will begin to rise once again.
Facebook will openly embrace its best path to profitability --> selling user information to search engines and marketers.
Oops, sorry my mistake those where the predictions for the year 2000.
My prediction for 2010 is I will gain 5 kilo in weight.
Amazon will loose market share in Germany for using the wrong parcel service. (No, it doesn't matter you called me to apologize, won't do business with you again).
Google will remove Twitter from its SERPS, realizing it was a bad idea to include them in the first place.
The EU will open an Antitrust Suit against Microsoft for bundling grapefruit with their Operating System. Yummy...
SETI@Home will finally discover life on planets far away, webmasterworld will be renamed webmasteruniverse, Google will send cars to take 360° pictures of the alien citys and Microsoft will transmit free copies of Windows into space in preparation to take over the alien market. In response to this move the Aliens will try to destroy the earth at the end of 2010 but the world will be safed by a "Fatal Exception Error".
I don't expect my day job to survive 2010 and really must use some of my insufficient free time to try and get a web based income stream going before I have too much free time.
The web will degenerate into a soup of twitter / facebook type sites where everybody talks in txt spk and consequently no one understands each other. Computers will cease to be the main interface with all this rubbish, and the mobile phone will be favoured because it is so much easier to say nothing much on a smaller device.
There will be a general election in the UK and the results will not mirror the polls.
The turnout at the general election will be so poor that the new government will contact Simon Cowell to organise a television celebrity politics program and telephone voting.
A new general election is called for later in the year. In an interesting twist the three main parties are eliminated from the contest in the early stages. One of the leaders becomes abusive to the judging panel and has to be taken away by security staff. The other two become tearful and start weeping, one of them pleads "let me do the speech again, I know I can do it" All three judges give the thumbs down sign and he is lead gibbering away. All three leaders are interviewed by (minor UK celebrities) Ant and Dec and they vow to come back next time with a new act and win it.
In the series final the Scottish Nationalists win by a considerable margin over the far right BNP and the anti Europe party UKIP. The Scotts Nat leader moves in to No 10 Downing street and after consultation with his party declares that they no longer wish for independence, but since they now rule the UK there will be a new bill later in the year to extend the Scottish border down to the south coast and rename the UK "Scotland". Trousers will be banned and everyone, male and female will have to affiliate themselves to a clan and wear the tartan in the form of a kilt. Haggis and deep fried Mrs Bars will become mandatory in Fish and chip shops and takeaways across the country. This is part of a plan to reduce the life expectancy to that of Glasgow so that the country will have less old age pensions to pay out and thereby solve the outstanding national Debt in a much shorter time scale than would otherwise have been possible.
The Isle of Wight will be evacuated and turned into an inmate controlled penal colony (similar to the movie escape to New York). All the empty old prisons will be converted to hostels to house the rising number of unemployed homeless people. The prison warders will be re-employed as Hostel Wardens with similar powers to those they previously enjoyed but slightly fewer opportunities to give someone a good beating.
Some famous people will die, others will get married, have a civil partnership and/or adopt some poor little orphan from a third world country.
3D TV will become more popular but a Japanese manufacturer and a Korean company both announce that they are perfecting a 3d/Holographic display that will give you lifelike images at full size projected into your room. Both of these new services will be interactive, using the "hard light" holographic system invented on "Star Trek" so that the viewer can touch and communicate with characters. Unfortunately the two systems are incompatible and neither manufacturer will back down so the market is put on hold as no one wants to commit the $20,000 for a set until they work out which one is the betamax.
A flying saucer will be publicly caught by the US Military when its invisibility shield is deactivated by vandals pointing their laser pen lights at an aircraft cockpit as the flying saucer accidentally crosses the laser beam. To everyone's surprise the occupants are not from another planet they are human time travellers from after the next ice age. They explain that they have been observing us for years so that they can analyse where we went wrong in our attempts to control the climate. Apparently the man made global warming was the only thing stopping the ice age from happening, and as soon as we stopped using fossil fuels the glaciers took out most of the temperate zones.
A prominent member of the royal family will unexpectedly die in very unusual circumstances.
A breakthrough will be made in producing electricity by cheap to make cold fusion generators. At last the electric car is a viable option. Road traffic accidents and deaths start to escalate as pedestrians cannot hear the cars coming. The government decides that all electric cars should be fitted with a new loudspeaker and amplifiers system continuously playing the new Scottish Nationl Anthem "Donald where's your trousers".
Celery will be declared an illegal substance in Uzbekistan, possession of Celery and Cottage Cheese at the same time will become a capital offence.
So come on and sing with me:
E For Electricity, V For Chevy Volt And Me
Electric Car With A Battery In Charge
E For Electricity, V For Chevy Volt You See
It'S As Simple Like A Dimple, Plug It In And See
I will continue to gain weight.
Microsoft will become less hated, Google more so.
I will subscribe to Old Honky's newsletter.
[edited by: lawman at 6:59 pm (utc) on Dec. 17, 2009]
[edit reason] No Politics Please [/edit]
Your real name wouldn't be Andrew Carlssin, would it?
Beth Ditto will join the Cheeky Girls and they will have a number one hit with an old Rolf Harris number. Beth will also become romantically involved with a minor member of the Royal family. Unfortunately it will all end in tears.
There will be a major revelation regarding the involvement of a certain fugitive bearded terrorist in the assassination of JFK, Princess Di and several other prominent figures from recent history.
As the glaciers start to melt information regarding the last period of global warming starts to appear. Evidence that Intelligent Dinosaurs had a vibrant civilisation and invented the internal combustion engine millions of years ago is seen as proof that the people at the top of the food chain are always causing global warming.
Southampton FC will be promoted into the championship where they will play against south coast rivals Portsmouth who will be relegated from the premiership.
England will win the world cup beating surprise finalist USA by 1 goal in an exciting match.
David Beckham will be knighted.
Reality TV program "Big Brother" will be pulled from the schedule halfway through the series when the producers realise that in spite of the incredible free publicity from the gutter press nobody can be bothered to actually watch it.
New research will indicate that exercise is bad for you and that chocolate, doughnuts and ice cream are health foods.
I do believe that time travellers are amongst us, have you noticed how just before something major happens in the world there is a flurry of UFO sightings? Time tourists.
When I was a kid we were supposed to be wearing aluminium foil suits and working 2 hours a week by now.
webmasters will learn more mobile website skills
Twitter and FB popularity will at least top off if not begin to fade...something new will arise, as always
We need a new heart-throb celebrity!
I will become more like I am each day than I was the day before
Al Gore's Global warming crusade will continue to fall apart because of cooler temperatures across the world
The economy will grow at 5% this year
The Buffalo Bills will get a new head coach in 2010 and actually make it to the playoff's
I will still get up in the morning and go to work in my Pajama's like always..
[edited by: taasinge at 7:20 pm (utc) on Dec. 31, 2009]
Mobile sites will become more and more important. This is the next big thing that will eclipse all other developments.
Bing will stagnate, reaching a massive high of about 12% (that's Bing not Bing and Yahoo!) and staying there, only to fall back in 2011.
Something else will happen which will surprise us all. Possibly it will involve the development of free energy. I have this thought at the back of my mind that when a couple make love there is a huge amount of untapped excess energy involved. If only someone can tap into that that source of energy then our problems will be solved for ever.