So I’ve been making these statements on the future of the web for quite some time, but just so I can prove I was “there first”, I thought I should put them into writing!
Prediction 1: Browsers will download complete environments from a web site to display a web site.
By allowing browsers to download and execute really rich code natively, without weird hacks like Google Gears, we eliminate the requirement that all advancements in HTML standards be matched in lock step by all the browsers. Especially with the rise of mobile devices, I expect to see more and more browser types, not fewer, so keeping them all up to date and current will be harder and harder. And we open up the ability of content developers to deliver their content in whatever way makes sense, not just in whatever way the browsers support.
Prediction 2: “Connect” apps will become just part of the internet
Credit for the word “Connect” apps goes to David Recordon, however I’ve been thinking for a while that all these social graphs just duplicate the graphs of pages on the internet. And I predict that eventually something like OpenID will be your entry point into these graphs. You’ll browse to epugh.myopenid.com and depending on who you are, Facebook, LinkedIn, or a random stranger, you’ll get a list of nodes that describes my links to other entities, regardless of if they are people, sites, content, etc.