Here are the ten predictions we made, with additional reference links for some of them.
- Blogging will become more common
More about blogging in Technorati's State of the Blogosphere 2009 report
- Strong growth in (on-line) games industry
Revenue from games sales in Australia were up 8% at the end of Q3 2009.
- There'll be even more free stuff, and businesses will have to monetize through advertising, subscriptions or premium services
Past podcast: Free is the new business model
Past podcast: New media vs news media - will the Internet kill journalism?
- On-line advertising revenues will fall
- Everything will accessible via your phone
BNET panel "2009: The Year of the Smart Phone"
Mobile Internet to dominate within 5 years
- Everything will be in The Cloud
Past podcast: Cloud computing
Gihan's new Boot Camp www.BuildYourWebSiteInTwoDays.com uses 100% cloud-based software.
- There'll be more crowdsourcing and collaboration
Yvonne Adele (one of Gihan's colleagues in Thought Leaders and the National Speakers Association of Australia) is using Twitter for crowdsourcing
- Continued strong growth in Internet population mainly from developing nations.
Definitely true in the USA, according to Nielsen Reports
Smart Company cites a report with some Australian stats
ComScore reported that the number of Internet users in the Asia-Pacific grew 22% to 484M.
- We'll have tools to serve lots of social networks at once
- Social Networking web-sites will become more popular