Looking back on 2008, we’ve seen several trends in the web space. The web has transformed from a place to look for information to a place to share information. Social networking tools and applications exploded, with the release of the Facebook Platform and Google’s OpenSocial. Enterprises also saw an increase in the adoption of collaboration and social networking tools such as blogs, wikis, and LinkedIn. Mobile web usage became increasing mainstream with Apple’s iPhone 3G and Google’s Android. Open source software gained popularity as the economy took a downturn.
So what’s in store for 2009?
Here are just a few things to watch out for in the coming year…
- Semantic web – what good is information if it can’t be organized? contextual web utilizing semantic technologies will be huge
- Web 2.x – in preparation for Web 3.0, the new wave of “intelligent web”, we will see an increased adoption of technologies such as semantic web, OpenID, and SaaS to name a few
- Cloud computing – will cloud computing gain enough momentum to be the next big thing?
- Facebook domination continues
- Open source continues to gain popularity within the enterprise
- Friend synchronization tools – to help ease the information overload from the social media revolution