Last year I made several predctions that now seem ridiculously silly. But a few ideas were pretty close. I’ve got a feeling that 2006 will be a big year, and here are some of the reasons why:
A Mt View startup is going to open our eyes to some new ways that RSS-SSE can influence culture. Playgirl will pick up on this and run several cover stories on the founders.
Mark Cuban will be in the spotlight for his decision to support HTML. This will upset Darren Rowse, and the blogosphere will react wacky. The noise will quiet before the end of the year and it will all be forgotten soon after the shock.
AOL will see their stock skyrocket after their contextual advertising business starts taking off. We’ve seen it coming for a while now, but 2006 will be the year it really kicks into gear.
Either Yahoo or Google will seek to expand their long-tail sales business by acquiring Findory. WordPress will be overlooked in the process, and they will see a management shakeout later in the year.
One of the big leaders in the automobiles industry will wake up to the opportunity in the Internet and the Web 2.0 trends. After months of speculation, they will make a key merger that will shake up the landscape for years to come.
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Nathan Weinberg writes the popular InsideGoogle blog, offering the latest news and insights about Google and search engines.
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