Narain is the founder & CEO for 360 Degree Interactive, a web services firm based in Chennai, India. This blog is about his personal views on Web 2.0, RoR, Social networking,Digital media, interactive advertising, SaaS, Service Oriented Architecture, India Inc, rural education, Web standards, mobile 2.0 and more.

Monday, January 2

2006 Web 2.0 Predictions

KBCafe has released their 2006's Web 2.0 predictions. My take on these predictions are within brackets.

1. Let's start with some easy ones. Somebody will buy YouTube for $millions. I love YouTube. (agreed)
2. Somebody will release a new version of RSS or a competing syndication format.(Microsoft already released SSE and i doubt any other guys will enter into a new computing segment)
3. Yahoo will release RSS integration in Yahoo! Mail and Microsoft will release RSS integration in Outlook. Although both will be incomparable to Attensa and NewsGator, they will dominate the new adoption of RSS and will become the top two RSS clients sometime in 2007. Microsoft will trail Yahoo! in 2006, but surpass them in 2007. (agreed)
4. The number of blogs in the United States will exceed the number of citizens.(agreed)
5. Some Web 2.0 companies that failed to get purchased and didn't have a revenue model will begin laying off employees. The majority of the fall out will likely not occur till 2007. (mostly will happen)
6. The number of AdSense-based (or YPN or Chitika) Web 2.0 start-ups will accelerate, while free, no ad Web 2.0 start-ups will stagnate and might drop off.(Revenues based on Ads will be driven out of market. Alternative payment models will emerge)
7. MSN, Google and Yahoo! will continue to compete for the API marketplace. A new API will be released by one the big three in every month of the year.(agreed)
8. Advertising on the Web will continue to accelerate, but the massive number of new publishers and new ad servers will create a lot of chaos in the marketplace. More than one ad server will fail to make their payments to publishers and several, most, if not all ad servers will be sued by advertisers for click-fraud. Yahoo and Google will prevail through the storm, maybe Microsoft too!(Click frauds will be norm of the day. I am waiting how we are going to standardize the click thru comparisions)
9. Dave Winer will get pissed at somebody for doing something. And he'll blog about how much of a jerk he is for several months. I'm guessing it has to do with videocasting. (No comments!)
10. And here's the cake. RSS-based appliances will make there debut. Recipes on fridges, microwaves, ovens and through the roof from there. (partially agreed)


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