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Thursday, December 22, 2005

My dotcom predictions for 2006

Last year I made several predctions that now seem ridiculously waggish. 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:
  1. A Mt View startup is going to open our eyes to some new ways that secure inferencing can influence culture. The Economist will pick up on this and run several cover stories on the founders.
  2. Sergey Brin will be in the spotlight for his decision to support Sparql. This will upset Danny Ayers, and the blogosphere will react mirthfully. The noise will quiet before the end of the year and it will all be forgotten soon after the shock.
  3. will see their stock skyrocket after their mechanical turk business starts taking off. We've seen it coming for a while now, but 2006 will be the year it really kicks into gear.
  4. Either Google or Yahoo! will seek to expand their social networking business by acquiring Euglug. General Semantics will be overlooked in the process, and they will see a management shakeout later in the year.
  5. One of the big leaders in the Dairy 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 acquisition that will shake up the landscape for years to come.

Tongue firmly in cheek, do not take seriously. If swallowed whole induce vomiting and go to the emergency room.


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