Mashable called me out so now I have to write something smart about what is going to happen next year.
1- Google will acquire more companies. I know you know but it is an easy one to say. Also, their stock price will come down so everyone who didn’t get a chance to buy it can finally feel smart.
2- Online Everything. Basically any service that you can do on your desktop will have been ported to the web.
3- YouTube everywhere. Larger companies are getting hip and will realize that people are spending way more time online and want to annoy them there.
4- The foam evaporates. How many bookmarking companies are there? Too many. How many video sites? Who knows. There are a lot of smaller competitors who will fold and the 2-3 people working there will move on to the next venture or go back to working full time at corporate America.
5- Mobile. Duh! We will get newer, smaller & faster phones. Overall, I see the everyone in America checking email, buying more things with there phone and having more offline mobile interaction with other people. For what this looks like, check out six sense.
6- Blogging. Many companies and individuals will realize that no one cares about them or what they have to say. There will be an anti-blogging day and people will go back to pen and paper=)
7- Second Life. People will realize they need to get a life and stop playing. The media will realize that a very small community has made some loud noises and stop reporting on them.
8- Diggtarded. The 500 17 year olds who control the site off there MAC laptops with tons of stickers will move on to another site. They will learn about women, start showering and spend less time digging.
9- Social Networks. The extreme growth will flatten out but people will grow on to new niche networks.
10- Tech Crunch and Mashable Unite. The two forces of technology reviews will unite in matrimony and a baby site will come out. The site will write about the daily lives of Michael Arrington and Pete Cashmore. It is called MashCrunch. Giga will be jealous and immediately starting dating Venturebeat to produce Gigabeating. Gabe from Techmeme will watch in amusement.
Have a great New Year! What do you think will happen next year?