Anyone want to make any predictions, on anything, for the New Year? In 2014...
I predict, personally, that I will:
-end up regretting my new business model and, once and for all, retire,
-to do what, I don't know. Which is why I haven't retired.
-I predict I will not take up golf.
-Maybe I'll do hiking the mountains. Lots where I live now. Look! Trees! And more trees! (Maybe not.)
-I predict I will stop traveling to NYC.
-I predict I will not buy a new car or truck this year, maybe 2015.
-I predict I will start working out again, because, sheee, I'm disgusting myself.
In the online world, I predict TV will move closer to being online everywhere in the world, but because of the lack of serious bandwidth in much of the US (i.e., where I live), it's not going to explode as it should here in the states. Still, I wouldn't buy a local TV station in any market.
Overall, 2014 is going to be boring, web-wise, mostly because of mobile--there is not a heck of a lot you can do on that tiny screen except provide basic info and superficial entertainment. And social is sucking up people's time online.
More local and regional enterprises will try ecommerce...and fail.
Local governments will continue to "reach out" to citizens with new online efforts.
People will get fed up with Gmail.
And, absurdly slowly, more and more people will realize they are not anonymous online... and most will decide they do not care, keeping on doing what they are doing. The NSA will stop some of their harvesting of information online, but mostly because it is worse than worthless.
Now, if you want some laughs:
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