2010 has been a big year for the web and has definitely set up 2011 to be interesting. Over at ReadWriteWeb, they’re analyzing the year 2010 and all of its accomplishments in web technology as well as things to look for in 2011. Here’s their sum up of their full report which you can find in their article: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/report_the_top_5_trends_of_2010.php
Mobile: Key trends to watch in 2011 include: New versions of Android will challenge Apple’s software with a focus on music and other cloud-based features. Apple will likely release a new iPhone and OS in the middle of 2011 as well and go in the same direction. Can Windows 7 carve out a niche for itself? Will other tablets besides the iPad become popular?
Internet of Things: While more and more people world- wide are becoming Internet users, their number is dwarfed by networked objects. An estimated 35 billion devices are now connected to the Internet. Major developments this year include: July: News breaks that IPv4 running out of addresses, in part because of increasing networking of objects. August: Intel cites securing the Internet of Things as part of its rationale for buying McAfee.
Location-Based Social Networks: The focus in 2010 was strongly on location-based social networks. While this trend will continue in 2011, we will also see even more location-enhanced services that use the user’s location to provide more relevant search results and local information.
Real-Time Web: Real-time entertainment dominates web traffic globally, constituting 43% of all Internet traffic. Major developments this year include: January: Massive earthquake in Haiti; reactions and responses – from seismologists, from the media, and from international relief agencies – rely on real-time technologies. June: The World Cup becomes the most popular Web event ever.
Structured Data: Structured Data is an important component of the Semantic Web, the way in which we understand meanings and connections between meanings on the Web. Trends to watch in 2011 include: Semantic mark-up will be more widely implemented by businesses, publishers, governments. Even though RDFa is known for being difficult to implement, more datasets will be made available in general, whether or not they comply with standardization efforts.