2010 is right around the corner after a decade of catastrophic world events and poignant memories. The Internet has defiantly shaped the way in which we perceived these world events, but everything has a beginning. Do you wonder sometimes how the Internet started in the first place? I know it did not begin overnight. SixRevisions.com recently up with a cool, interactive timeline that summaries the history of the Internet in less than one page! Did you know that e-mail was invented about 40 years ago? If history itself does not just end in 2009.
So, what do I think 2010 has in store for us? Here are my early predictions:
- Many news content websites will charge users a fee for reading their content.
- There will be a new "it" website. So, move over Twitter and Facebook. I do not know what the website or service is, but it will take the Internet world by storm.
- The Internet will have a profound effect on the 2010 elections.
- New microeconomic technologies will help people from third world countries get out of poverty.
- Unemployed people will use the Web in ways thought unimaginable.
- Apple or some other company will design the next "Ipod". Remember when the Ipod was introduced in 2001? It will be more convenient and better than the best mobile technologies today combined. And you know I will buy it.
- Within the next 10 years, a new Internet company will be born or rise the ranks. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo. Be aware of these smaller companies.