Last day of the year 2007. As we head for another year, let me venture a fearless forecast for 2008.
At least oneYet another blogger will get published. It will be a book about a blog, not a book about blogging. And no, it’s not me.
- More bloggers with bow down to Google’s wrath, drop TLA and all other link ads. Matt Cutts will personally see to it that those who put out links because of any form of sponsorship will get their day in Google hell.
- Mobile Advertising will significantly rise. And no it’s not AdSense for Mobile but AdMob. The iPod Touch, iPhone, N95 and upcoming Nokia Touchscreen S60 devices will push this. The web will slowly move on to the mobile phone.
- Facebook will be the next Friendster. Everyone will be on Facebook that it won’t be that cool anymore. It will fade away, in favor of a newer fad.
- Bloggers will blog less and flock more on Twitter. It needs to get bought though in order to survive. Maybe by Yahoo. Google already went with Jaiku 3 months ago.
- More bloggers will join main stream media. It will more likely be broadcast media rather than print.
- Adsense will lose its age-old glory, thanks to prediction #2 and the fall of the US dollar.
- A 2010 Presidential candidate will blog, and will actually write it himself/herself.
- Podcasting will continue to fade. Unless, there’s a good model that presents itself, it will be hard to continue producing podcasts. Just look at what happened to PodTech (a podcast network) in the US.
- Local e-commerce will finally take a huge leap forward, thanks in part to Paypal. Let’s just hope that this doesn’t make the hackers/crackers/phishers work double-time.