Top Internet Trends of 2000-2009: E-commerce Over the past decade, Amazon.com and eBay have continued to dominate the online retail market in the United States. However, there have been signs that more social and distributed forms of online shopping are gaining traction. eBay, in particular, is beginning to lose ground. In this post, we review the past decade of e-commerce and the key trends. Advances in recommendations technology, together with the emergence of social media and mobile commerce, have combined to change the way e-commerce is transacted. In a follow-up post, we look at current statistics for online retail. This is the third in a ReadWriteWeb series looking back at some of the key trends of the past 10 years. Recommendations Technology Advances Over the past decade the online retail industry has seen great strides in the use of recommendations technology. Many of the retail recommendations in use today rely on implicit user data. Social Media Takes Retail to Blogs, Social Networks Conclusion See also:
5 Enterprise Trends to Watch in 2010: Part 1 - ReadWriteEnterpri Who does not love to make predictions? Tis' the season, right? We posted our Top 10 Enterprise Products for 2009 and so it feels like a good time to provide some perspective on what the enterprise can expect in the year ahead. Mashups Mashups are going through a renaissance thanks to the incredible power of cloud computing. Collaboration Collaboration may be the big daddy, the mega trend to watch. Real-Time Enterprise Email overload is perhaps one of the most common issues we hear about. We expect real-time services to deepen in the enterprise with some really interesting potentials for its integration with business intelligence technologies. The Mobile Enterprise We posted today about IDC's forecast that 1 billion mobile devices will be connected to the Internet by 2013. Software-as-a-Service Integrations The SaaS market will take another turn next year as the rush continues to integrate third-party applications into any number of platforms. Coming Up in Part 2
Top Web Design Bookmarks of 2009 I read a lot of design-related articles & blogs online – I mean, really, what else can you do when you live in Edmonton, which was the coldest place in North America on Dec 13 at -58C with windchill? Anyway, I’m constantly bookmarking items I think might be useful for me as a designer in the future – some I never end up using, but some I definitely do! This year, I found some great articles on web usability (always good to be able to effectively communicate why you made a particular design choice to a client), WordPress and jQuery, as well as a few others. Perfect Full-Page Background Image CSS Tricks is a great website – a web designer’s goldmine, if you will – and this is but one of a ton of great articles on Chris’ site. 10 Usability Findings & Guidelines Smashing Magazine is well-known in the design community, and the main reason is its well-researched and written articles pertaining to web design. Hit the jump for more! ViewLikeUs BrowserShots 20 Top Design Blogs Looking for Writers
How To Explain To Clients That They Are Wrong - Smashing Magazin Advertisement GIFs of spinning @s on the “Contact us” page. Common usability mistakes for the sake of visual appeal. Splash pages. Fancy search box. Is The Client Wrong? Before getting into how to explain to a client that they’re wrong, ask yourself, “Is the client wrong to begin with?” First of all, appreciate one critical thing: the client probably knows their target audience a lot better than you do. You can begin to establish if the client is wrong simply by exploring why the client is making such a request and what the business case for it is. It could be that the picture of the jigsaw-puzzle globe with a piece missing actually sums up the client’s sales pitch quite well and that similar messaging has proven to win over potential customers in the past. Image source: Lady Madonna1 Whatever the case though, always keep an open mind. What approaches can you take to explain to the client that, in your professional opinion, they’re wrong? Speak The Client’s Language Be Professional Summary
10 Web trends to watch in 2010 Mashable's Pete Cashmore says real-time communication, Internet TV and social gaming will be big in 2010. Mashable's Pete Cashmore lists his 10 Web trends that we'll be talking about next year Sparked by Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed, the real-time communications trend will grow The cloud-computing movement will see a major leap forward in the first half of 2010 2010 will be the breakthrough year of the much-anticipated mobile payments market Editor's note: Pete Cashmore is founder and CEO of Mashable, a popular blog about social media. (CNN) -- As 2009 draws to a close, the Web's attention turns to the year ahead. While Web innovation is unpredictable, some clear trends are becoming apparent. Real-time ramps up Sparked by Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed, the real-time trend has been to the latter part of 2009 what "Web 2.0" was to 2007. But real-time is more than just a horde of new Twitter-like services hitting the Web in 2010 (although that's inevitable -- cargo cults abound).
10 Ways Social Media Will Change In 2010 This time last year, I wrote about the 10 ways social media will change 2009, and while all predictions have materialized or are on their way, it has only become clear in recent months how significant of a change we've seen this year. 2009 will go down as the year in which the shroud of uncertainty was lifted off of social media and mainstream adoption began at the speed of light. Barack Obama's campaign proved that social media can mobilize millions into action, and Iran's election protests demonstrated its importance to the freedom of speech. This guest post was written by Ravit Lichtenberg, founder and chief strategist at Ustrategy.com - a boutique consultancy focusing on helping companies succeed. Ravit authors a blog at www.ravitlichtenberg.com. Today, it is impossible to separate social media from the online world. So what will social Web bring next? Social Media Will Become a Single, Cohesive Experience Embedded In Our Activities and Technologies Mobile Will Take Center Stage
2010 Predictions Every year the ReadWriteWeb team tries its hand at predicting the future. Looking back at our 2009 predictions, we got some wrong (I predicted that Facebook would sign up to OpenSocial) but others turned out to be on the money. I correctly guessed that the usual suspects would remain unacquired in '09 - Digg, Twitter, Technorati - but that FriendFeed would get bought. OK, so I guessed that Google would be the buyer. But close enough! Without further ado, here are our predictions for 2010. SEE ALSO: ReadWriteWeb's 2009 Year in Review. Richard MacManus, Founder & CEO, @rww 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Marshall Kirkpatrick, Lead Writer & VP of Content Development, @marshallk 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Sarah Perez, Feature Writer, @sarahintampa 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. iPhone app backlash begins. 8. iTunes announces a web service, thanks to the Lala acquisition. 9. 10. Jolie O'Dell, Writer & Community Manager, @jolieodell 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. Dana Oshiro, ReadWriteStart Writer, @SuzyPerplexus 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3.
A Discussion on Hourly Rates in Web Design | Build Internet! “What should my hourly rate be?” One of the hardest parts of start out into full or part time web design is setting fair prices. It’s a topic that we’ve tackled before in our week-long Pricing Bootcamp series. Since then, we’ve received a lot of email asking the same question. We decided to revisit the pricing discussion with a survey on hourly rates. This survey kept things simple by only including two fields: one for the hourly rate, and another for additional comments. The Results Thanks to the 107 readers who took time to respond (original survey live on Google Docs). Please keep in mind that this was an informal survey, and the results shouldn’t be considered definitive. What Can I Learn From This? The most valuable information to take from this survey? Influencing Factors Many of the designers priced below $25 also commented that they were either students or in a country where dollar value was strong. Additional Considerations Underestimating Time Your Service is Valuable Google+
30 Top Blogs For Social Media Updates | Showcases Social media is media designed to be disseminated through social interaction, created using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media uses Internet and web-based technologies to transform broadcast media monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many). It supports the democratization of knowledge and information, transforming people from content consumers into content producers. In nutshell, Social media describes websites that allow users to share content, media, etc. Common examples are the popular social networking sites like Friendster, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. Social Media Networking really important for people who share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Social networking has created new paths to communicate and share information. Components Of Social Media Social media can be said to have three components. Common Forms Of Social Media Examples of Social Media Tools
Internet 2009 in numbers What happened with the Internet in 2009? How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there? This post will answer all of those questions and many more. We have used a wide variety of sources from around the Web. Enjoy! Email 90 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2009.247 billion – Average number of email messages per day.1.4 billion – The number of email users worldwide.100 million – New email users since the year before.81% – The percentage of emails that were spam.92% – Peak spam levels late in the year.24% – Increase in spam since last year.200 billion – The number of spam emails per day (assuming 81% are spam). Websites 234 million – The number of websites as of December 2009.47 million – Added websites in 2009. Web servers Domain names Internet users Social media Images Videos Web browsers Malicious software Data sources: Website and web server stats from Netcraft. More reading:Internet 2010 in numbers