My fill-in-the-blanks dotcom predictions for 2006: You, too, can fill in the blanks on Matt McAlister’s “Dotcom Prediction Generator” and have your very-own predictions.
Here’s what turned up when I plugged in some words. (For those following at home: these are not really my predictions, however, there are one or two that sound intriguing):
- A Palo Alto startup is going to open our eyes to some new ways that social media can influence culture. Business Week will pick up on this and run several cover stories on the founders.
- Steve Jobs will be in the spotlight for his decision to support OPML. This will upset Dave Winer, and the blogosphere will react blindly. The noise will quiet before the end of the year and it will all be forgotten soon after the shock.
- Google will see their stock skyrocket after their search advertising business starts taking off. We’ve seen it coming for a while now, but 2006 will be the year it really kicks into gear.
- Either Yahoo or Microsoft will seek to expand their services business by acquiring Basecamp. Memeorandum will be overlooked in the process, and they will see a management shakeout later in the year.
- One of the big leaders in the magazine 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.
Just to make this clear to someone who may not quite understand what this is. Those are not actually my predictioins, rather they are the result of me plugging in random words on Matt’s humorous “prediction generator.” Okay.