Some people say that the bubble’s going to take a downturn in the next year or two – that huge numbers of copycat startups are going to shut down, people are going to be out of work and Web 2.0 cheerleaders are going to eat their (our) words.
While startup churn is inevitable in any industry (thank goodness we’re not restaurant founders!) I think this forecast is selling the future short. There are some big trends I’m really excited about for the web in 2008. Whatever happens to the economy, there’s at least a whole lot of innovation to be inspired by right now. Ultimately, I think that will end up brightening the picture for all of us around the world.
Let’s Build Some Stuff
For each of the 5 big topical trends described below, I’ve assembled some resources I think will be useful for anyone who wants to keep up with cutting edge developments in these fields in the next year.
These resources include :
* An OPML file of top blogs on each subject. This is a bundle of feeds you can import into your reader.
* A filtered RSS feed of just the most popular items regarding each topic (using AideRSS). Remember, whenever you subscribe to new RSS feeds – some of the magic won’t be visible until you mark all the initial items as read and new ones come in again.
* A Custom Search Engine that you can bookmark and use to search inside the top news and reference sites regarding each topic.
If you’d like to recommend any additional feeds or sites to add to these resources just let me know and I’ll check them out. Please do, in fact. I hardly have the energy to make these lists exhaustive by myself. That’s kind of the point of this whole web endeavor, isn’t it?
All of these resources are dynamic; sites added at a later date will be automatically delivered to everyone who subscribes to these OPML files today.