Ed's 2009 Technology Predictions

It’s January 2nd, so the following predictions have 364 days to happen.

1. Google Docs will add Mail Merge functionality. This highly requested feature will allow more people to rely primarily on Google Docs for their office software solution. For example, organizations could build mailing lists using the web forms available within Spreadsheets, then merge to labels with Docs.

2. The Apple TV will finally be discontinued (I’m sticking with this one for another year.)

3. FriendFeed will peak (if it hasn’t already) as people realize some content is best consumed in silos.

4. Tumblr will double in traffic & users as people catch on to how easy it is to find and share really interesting stuff among friends.

5. Amazon will release a new Kindle that actually looks and feels cool. Possibly with a multi-touch screen.

6. A groundbreaking Android phone will be released with awesome technology but underwhelming sales when people fail to understand what “Android” is.

7. A least one suicide will happen at a nursing home that fails to install digital converter boxes on their patient’s TVs in time.

8. At least one company will suffer from a self-inflicted PR disaster due to something they Twittered on their business account that was meant for their personal account.

9. RSS will become an important advertising technology as it is used to feed current offers into banner ads, making banners slightly more useful in 2009 than 2008.

10. Mint.com will at least double in traffic and users. They may add widgets that allow consumers to publicly share their budget goals to hold themselves accountable among their friends.

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