Throwback Wednesday: 2006 to 2011 – Tech Trends, Then and Now

This past year was a social and mobile whirlwind. From Facebook timelines and the mobile photo craze to the death of the great Steve Jobs, the social mobile landscape is changing the way tech is evolving. With 2012 predictions pouring in as quickly as 2011 went, I thought I would take a look back at some of tech’s biggest predictions from just 5 years ago, then recap the year in tech and some of the top predictions for 2012.

A Look Back: The Hottest Predictions in Tech 2006

  • WiFi Expansion: from mobile hot spots to city wide “hot zones” people will have wider access to the internet, but beware…you might have to pay a small fee.
  • Video Blogging: with blogging already  hitting the mainstream 2006 will introduce Vlogging. People will start incorporating video more and more into their daily posts.
  • Digital Living Rooms/Video on Demand: video will start to dominate not just bloggers lives, but your personal and business life as well. Not only will videos be accessible straight from your TV, but your TV will become fully customizable. Video will start to dominate your device with accessibility straight from your iPod and phone.
  • Internet Phone Service: with companies like Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft getting into the internet phone service business, you’ll start to see discounted international and long distance rates and phone to phone internet calls available for free.
  • Office to the Web: companies will be able to store important documents and information for their business on the internet. This will introduce more mobility and ease of access for the employer and their employees.

Recap: WiFi has definitely seen a massive expansion from customized hot spots to free access at some of your local hangouts.

With 48 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute it’s safe to say that online video has shaped the way we view content online…and I don’t see it slowing down a second in 2012.

Improving technology give us easy access to the internet from our TVs, but with a massive surge in mobile and computer technology more and more people are using their devices to view videos and watch their favorite television shows online.

VoIP has exploded beyond a prediction to a worldwide commodity. Companies in every industry use internet phone services to conduct day to day business activities with clients all over the world. To throw in a quick example, VoIP technology is installed at every workstation at our NOC and TAC service centers here at WorldLink to help our employees communicate with our customers worldwide.

Advances in Cloud Computing and mobile technology enables employees to rely less and less on a daily office space. Companies are now allowing more employees to work remotely while utilizing apps like iCloud, Google Docs and Skype to communicate.

The Top Tech Trends of 2011

Technology and advances in mobility will continue to move at a lightning speed pace over the next few years. So for a recap of the year in tech, check out this lovely Infographic from the people at GPlus. Don’t forget to check out next year’s predictions below the Infographic from Mashable’s Pete Cashmore.

A Look Ahead – The Top 10 Tech Trends for 2012
Presented by CNN Tech

Pete Cashmore, the founder and CEO of Mashable.com, has put together the follow predictions for 2012.

  • Touch Computing
  • Social Gestures
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) & Mobile Payments
  • Beyond the iPad
  • TV Everywhere
  • Voice Control
  • Spatial Gestures
  • Second Screen Experiences
  • Flexible Screens
  • HTML 5
Read the entire interview with Pete Cashmore HERE.

What did you think the biggest trends in tech were in 2011, and what are your predictions for 2012? Let me know in the comment field below.

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One Response to Throwback Wednesday: 2006 to 2011 – Tech Trends, Then and Now

  1. Toni says:

    Internet TV is what’s up for 2012 because people are already embracing the idea of watching TV on their mobile devices. I have been using the DISH Remote Access app so that I can watch my DVR recordings and all the channels from my DISH subscription on my mobile devices. In 2011, other TV providers realized that people often have a few minutes here and there to watch TV, so providing that on mobile devices would be good. I’m a little surprised at the time that it has taken other providers to realize this when DISH has been doing this since I started working for them over a year ago. This sweeping age of technology is moving so quickly so I am excited to see how far we can go in just 2012.

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