Ed's 2008 Technology Predictions

We’re 3.65 days into 2008 and I haven’t done a predictions post yet. With 99% of the year left, here it is.

While I’m proud of my success rate with 2007 predictions, this year I’m going to shoot for something closer to a 50% record. To do that, I’m going to go for predictions that I believe will happen, but may not make it by the end of this year.

  1. Netflix will deliver more content digitally than via mail in December 2008.
  2. Google will enable video-specific advertising for YouTube videos.
  3. Apple will drop Apple TV for the Mac Mini and a Mini will be available for $499.
  4. A usable wireless keyboard with touch pad will make couch surfing on a TV fun.
  5. Google Docs will add “export as .ppt” making the Presentations application awesome.
  6. Yahoo will buy Zoho and build a business suite around that and Zimbra.
  7. A team of striking writers with non-Hollywood backing will create an online show that blows away what we’ve seen to date.
  8. The biggest news stories of the 2008 US presidential election will consistenly break on blogs, Twitter, and YouTube rather than mainstream media sites.
  9. The biggest trend in YouTube videos will be how-to dance steps for popular songs. It will start to influence wedding song requests.
  10. The Wall Street Journal’s online edition will go free well before the November election. Influence will trump revenue short-term.

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