What's hot for the Web in 2007

Summary:Richard MacManus and friends came up with a list of trends that will dominate the Web in 2007. Here are the Web trends, which don't include any clunkers, but some of the so-called trends are more embryonic than others.

Richard MacManus and friends came up with a list of trends that will dominate the Web in 2007. Here are the Web trends, which don't include any clunkers, but some of the so-called trends are more embryonic than others. For example, the Semantic Web is going to be an important element in the evolution of the Web, but next year will still be about planting seeds, not harvesting crops. Trends like RSS, vertical search, the Web Office, and new ad platforms are further along the path to enlightenment. Overall, it is still early in the evolution of the Web as a platform (Web 2.0), and progress next year will be mostly evolutionary, as it was this year. I expect Richard to follow each of these trends closely in the coming year.

  • RSS becomes more mainstream
  • Structured data and microformats break out
  • More and more widgets 
  • The Web Office emerges
  • Corporate blogs proliferate
  • Rich Internet apps 
  • Semantic Web bubbles up
  • Web services infrastructure stacks 
  • On line ad platform shake ups and new ad solutions
  • Search 2.0 and the rise of the vertical search engines
  • Momentum for Microsoft's Windows Live services
  • A GoogleOS, maybe
  • Intense competition among the browser players 
  • IPTV ramps ups
  • P2P embedded in new applications 
  • Second Life will become an important platform for marketing, promotion, and social networking 
  • Virtual money takes off
  • Online real estate market grows rapidly
  • Free consumer Web apps still need to find a business model.
  • A possible downturn in social networks 
  • International Web gets its due in mainstream media
  • One Laptop Per Child buzz and an increase the adoption of thin-client like computers
  • Broadband continues to grow 
  • VoIP space heats up more
  • Mobile Web is a big deal

Check out Richard's Read/WriteWeb for all the details and analysis on each trend.

Topics: Browser

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