Every single New Year’s Eve I get atypically enthusiastic about the upcoming year. Maybe it’s because my birthday is so close to Christmas (I often got presents as a kid for both my birthday and Christmas combined so I felt bad) and I often get pretty melancholy on my birthday looking back over the year that’s past.
But by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, my default nature as a happy-assed, glass-is-51%-full guy is eager for the new year to start! Every day is filled with possibility, but a brand new year is a huge chunk of measured time that makes a guy think ahead further than normal.
2007 is shaping up to be a phenomenal year in technology. Web 2.0 is gaining traction with developers and rich internet applications, the service oriented architecture and Web services folks and others are looking at the explosion in amazingly good Web applications and we’ll see an acceleration in useful tools and building blocks shipping next year.
The onrush of the collective consciousness being connected to the Internet — manifested in social software, blogs/podcasts/videos, new methods of communications as well as collaborative applications — is poised to disrupt industries, empower consumers, shift the political process and much more in 2007.
I’m not going to prognosticate and make predictions other than that I stepped on the scale this morning and will probably join the millions of others in losing some weight in January which I predict will be successful!
I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year. Stay safe, take more risks, pay closer attention to loved ones and friends, find ways to participate online in ways that make sense for you, send me a dollar and, of course, keep reading my blog.