Technology for the New Decade

Tech Crunch predicts what technologies will make a difference to our lives in the coming decade:

  1. Geo: The combination of GPS chips in mobile phones, social networks, and increasingly innovative mobile apps means that geolocation

    is increasingly becoming a necessary feature for any killer app. I’m

    not just talking about social broadcasting apps like Foursquare and

    Gowalla. The advent of Geo APIs from Twitter , SimpleGeo, and

    hopefully Facebook will change the game by adding rich layers of

    geo-related data to all sorts of apps. Twitter just recently launched

    its own Geo API for Twitter apps and acquired Mixer Labs, which created

    the GeoAPI.

  2. Realtime Search: After licensing realtime data streams

    from Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and others, Google and Bing are

    quickly ramping up their realtime search. But realtime search is still
    treated as a silo,

    and is not regularly surfaced in the main search results page. In

    2010, I expect that to change as the search engines learn for what

    types of searches it makes sense to show Tweets and other realtime

    updates. In the meantime, a gaggle of realtime search startups such as

    Collecta, OneRiot, and Topsy will continue to push the ball forward on

    the realtime search experience. Realtime search will also become a

    form of navigation, especially on Twitter and Facebook. The key will

    be to combine realtime search with realtime filters so that people are

    delivered not only the most recent information but the most relevant

    and authoritative as well.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.