Happy new year, folks! Now is the time of year where we reflect on the best and worst of this past year, and then look to what will happen in the year to come. And we’re no exception. Full disclaimer: I don’t have a lot to work with here, just hunches. That being said, let’s play prophet!
1) Facebook will hit between 750-800 million users by the end of the year. It is probably Mark Zuckerberg’s wet dream to get a billion Facebook users, but they only hit 500 million this past July.
2) Apple releases the Verizon iPhone and it works out nicely for them, but Google increases its smartphone market share. It’s being reported by every tech blog as fact, so we’re just leading with the assumption that it’s real now. However, Google is starting to make some headway in the cell phone market, what with the Nexus One and its multiple advantages over the iPhone.
3) More newspapers and magazines will turn to the iPad to get more readers, and finally realize consumers don’t like paywalls. The last one should be a no-brainer, but anything to keep the newspaper industry afloat. Tonight I saw a promo on CNN for their official iPad app, and Rupert Murdoch wants a newspaper exclusively for the iPad. Not to hyperbolize, but Steve Jobs may have singlehandedly saved the news.
4) Web security will become a thing of the past. I honestly believe in 2011 we’ll reach a point where no one’s information is safe, and our collective security will be breached. Whether it’s by cyberterrorists attempting to destroy our way of life or a group of anonymous hackers working on behalf of Wikileaks, I feel like this is an inevitability of living in the age of information. And that’s going to push our leaders into doing some very dangerous things.
5) Everything will be in 3D. Oh, let’s face it, this is happening.
Well, that’s it for my possibly inaccurate predictions. Feel free to dissent in the comments below. Happy 2011!