Predictions for 2006

Heres a few from me.

– Yahoo.com will kick butt in 2006 with its array of social networking services. It has already purchased many of the key Web 2.0 startups and is now strategically positioned in the world of social networking with companies like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Upcoming, etc.

– Tagging will be more important than blogging. In 2006, options for making your life public (photos, calender, events, video, friends) will be so extensive that blogging, for some, will not be necessary.

– Videoblogs will rule over podcasting in 2006, now that the issues of bandwidth and storage are almost solved. Video is soooo much more interesting upload on an iPod.

– the blog platform of choice in 2006 will be WordPress

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Blogs4God has a Cornucopia of Christian Blogger Predictions for 2006 as well as a predictions for the Christian blogosphere.

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Andrew

Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name “Precious” :-)

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  • Your preditcions….great. I will even help make one come true by looking into WordPress for my blogging. BUT…well, I finished reading your predictions and looked at the ads that were put on your web page. The one on the left was “Nostradamus Online” “World War III Revelations, hidden prophesies revealed, 2006-2012 endtimes” I do not think you are a fan of his. Those automatic ads are not always good.

  • Yes, the use of tags and tagging will continue to rise – and I’m surprised that there aren’t any blogging systems out there that natively support a tag-based folksonomy (and I’m especially surprised that the newly-released WordPress 2 didn’t do this without plugins).
    Even more so, I imagine that web-based interfaces for blogs will be on the decline as RSS subscriptions are more widely adopted outside the digerati. As blogs become more “Web 2.0”, the only web interface we will probably see is a link to the blog’s feed (though that might be a prediction for 2008 instead of 2006).

  • Josh,
    The blogging system I use (drupal) has just moved folksomy styled tagging into the core of its next release (4.7 due out in a few weeks). Drupal also includes autogenerated rss feeds based on any taxonomy combination. Drupal is moving into being a great platform to build the semantic web.
    With foaf, and other rdf formats being generated at huge rates, I suspect that 2006 will be the first year html traffic will not be the majority of all internet packets.

  • I can’t see tagging taking off that much with Yahoo! buying tagging companies but not incorporating them into their core search and Google basically ignoring it. Until Google decided to use it, I can’t see it being that important outside of the blogging diehard.

  • Jordon,
    I think it is important to speak clearly about the blogging platform of choice. For example, flickr is not the leader among all websites for sharing pictures, however among the digirati flickr is by far and away the leader. I think wordpress will become the dominant platform for the blogsphere (a small subset of all weblogs posted).

  • How has the issue of bandwidth and storage almost been solved it still costs a lot.
    I do agree that WordPress will become even more popular now that it has a better backend with WordPress 2.0. Though I think that we will very quickly get an update that fixes some of the problems people seem to be facing already.

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