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Qwaider's socio-techno predictions for 2008

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Saturday, December 29, 2007 5:17:47 PM
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    2008 is going to be the year of surprizes, this is the year that will spell out a lot of change. I'll take you on a tour of things that will likely happen in 2008.

    Predictions include items about facebook, the blogosphere, Jordanian online communities and of course the rest of the techno world

    iPhone v2 will be released.

    Improved, enhanced, sexier and more functional. Yet, one thing will never change, the snob factor. Every person holding one of these will likely look down upon everyone else. including the poor souls who were succumbed into paying actual money for iPhone v1.

    Other cellphone manufacturers are going to start offering more touch capable phones. Yes, that includes Nokia and SonyEricsson.

    The first Facebook based honor crime in the Arab world

    Honor crimes are not new to Jordan, but what is new is social networking in the Facebook class. The phenomenal success of facebook is going to reach new heights causing, or inducing the very first incident of it's kind, an honor crime, and where better for this to happen than the honor-crime capital of the world, Jordan! Or a place like it!

    More prominent Jordanian bloggers will go anonymous.

    Declared or undeclared, more Jordanian bloggers are being pushed (mostly socially) to disappear from the scene. More and more are being harassed, stalked and punished for their attempts at free thinking. Causing some to slowly move towards anonymity. Some are even starting their whole online existence as anonymous

    (Oh and more will continue to lie about their names, ages and a million other things)

    More marriage traps(aka female blogs) will be set off.

    The word is out, female blogs attract grooms. Many have tied the knots through their online presence. Only to completely disappear shortly afterwards.

    People are going to start a reverse migration over social networks

    Privacy is going to be everyone's obsession, more and more people are going to start withdrawing from sites like Facebook and converting their profiles to exclusive and private. As the wave of issues that have been triggered by facebook hits our part of the world, more people are going to withdraw and even completely delete their profiles

    Windows Vista will start being good.

    I know, I've called Zifta, I've bashed it long enough. But Windows vista is actually going to get better starting next year. With the release of Service pack 1. Sadly though, the sales of Vista are not going to shoot up with these enhancements.

    Google phone is going to see the light.

    Not through google directly, but many manufacturers are going to start producing phones compatible with the google phone. First to combat the iPhone threat, next to combat the windows Mobile phone problem and finally to gain a foot hold on this emerging market.

    One or more of the Jordanian cell phone providers is going to be sold

    Yes, 2007 was the year of acquisitions and mergers. 2008 is going to continue this trend with Umnia being sold most likely to Vodaphone, or T-Mobile.

    This market is going to be over saturated with heavy weight providers and there will be no place for small players (Aka Xpress?) which will likely be sold or merges with a larger player

    More online social networking sites are going to emerge in Jordan

    People in Jordan are persistent when it comes to imitating anything that worked. More companies are going to venture in this traitorous grounds. Probably fueled by the telecoms' dollars and they will all fail, every last one of them. (Each is still going to claim to be the first to do it, and most will proudly claim to be the first to actually GET IT! and shut down)

    Bigger, more shiny names join online blogging

    From politicians, to celebrities, blogging is the 2008 sport of the year. But that's not all, more professional level of blogging will continue to emerge as the old (and empty) starts drying more, and the new and youthful take it's place

    At least one anonymous blogger will be exposed

    Who would it be? Funny thing, I know them all, but I'm keeping that for my self out of respect for their privacy. But who's going to pull the next Mona (Rebellious Arab whatever)? No body knows

    There will be a "blog of the day" corner in just about every periodical and newspaper you can think of.

    Jordanian news papers and periodicals are going to continue to mention the same boring bunch. There isn't really anything for them to mention, but social networking (big in Jordan) will help them get their word in the printed versions. Sadly, more people will be reading individual blogs than these magazines have in circulation. Or in other words, more junk is going to find it's way to the print than ever before.

    Spam is going to break through most defenses

    Yep, comment spam is going to be an issue keeping Akesmet up at night.

    Captcha is going to continue to fail, but this time, it's going to fail spectacularly for all but the largest captchas. Spammers are going to use humans as part of their spamming routines. They will lure the unsuspecting humans through elaborate schemes and promises of rewards and riches

    Laptops are going to break the bottom line price.

    Lets face it with today's ultra dense integration. There's no reason what so ever why a laptop should be more expensive the a full PC. Have you looked at the motherboard of modern PC's? They're exactly the same as laptops, built-in everything. Therefore. This is the year when laptop are going to be sold at the same price if not even less than PCs

     

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    • Tala
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 12/30/2007 1:04:16 AM
    nice read Q, i agree to most of them
    • #2
    • Moey
    • Apple Mac Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 12/30/2007 3:49:16 AM
    I don't agree on most of them, let me break one surprise for you.

    wella ba7keelak yaha later.
    كان معكم قويدر  .. ترقبوا المزيد من التوقعات ليلة راس السنه
    لوووول قويدر، خلص بنشوفك عالمستقبل ليلة راس السنه بدل ماغي فرح :)
    Would I keep my blog?!
    Could you check the crystal ball for me plz :D
    very interesting... but i didn't get the "At least one anonymous blogger will be exposed"
    i am always clueless :(
    Tala
    Thanks,

    Moey,
    Man, this is just for fun, if you have any surprises, I suggest you keep them till next year as this year is almost over

    Maioush
    Yes, wait for me, on MBC

    Disappointed wife,
    Yes, you will. And things are going to get better with you

    Wonders
    It means, we will know who they are :)
    lol Qwaider i didn't mean that specific sentence, i meant that paragraph to be specific the last part... :)
    • #9
    • mimi
    • Windows Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 12/30/2007 5:42:11 PM
    google phone ?!?! that's new ! I'm so googling it right now :)
    iPhone v2
    iPhone 3G will be released in Sweden soon at the begining of new year with the 3G functionallity because many operaters here and in other countries in europe function manly on 3G.

    Facebook based honor crime.
    HAHA, so true, sooner or later with internet providers spreading everywhere at lower prices thanks to the market competition, I am sure it will be also covered by the media all over the world.

    More prominent Jordanian bloggers will go anonymous.
    I disagree!

    More marriage traps(aka female blogs) will be set off.
    No comment.

    People are going to start a reverse migration over social networks.
    Some started already but more are joining. but with social open were user privacy *if not profit or control over the internet* as they claim is their main goal in a safe online social network.

    Windows Vista will start being good.
    Macs will be even better :)

    Google phone is going to see the light.
    I agree.

    One or more of the Jordanian cell phone providers is going to be sold
    Most likely yes.

    More online social networking sites are going to emerge in Jordan
    True.

    Bigger, more shiny names join online blogging.
    I am looking forwards to that :D

    At least one anonymous blogger will be exposed
    No idea ^^

    Spam is going to break through most defenses
    It sure will.

    Happy New year sam :D
    uh-oh, are you going to get in trouble for the marriage trap prediction ?

    About more online social networks, 360 east just featured another facebook clone recently with a twist.

    I don't see much point in withdrawing from facebook over privacy concerns. I mean fadiha concern is one thing. If the CIA wanted to know who your contacts are, they only need your cell phone records, and these will come with real names instead of aliases.
    LOOOL @ facebook based honor crimes!

    and as for anon bloggers... are you saying you know who all the anon bloggers are out there???
    that would be pretty diff info to get.. esp since most of the blogs i follow are anonnym.

    Came true:
    Facebook honor crime: Saudi girl gets killed for chatting on facebook
    Queen Rania becomes a Vlogger: HM Queen Rania on YouTube

    • #14
    • Moey
    • Apple Mac Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 7/7/2008 3:17:50 AM
    I said "wella ba7keelak yaha later."
    I knew about the iPhone.
    Hmmm, if you knew, why did you disagree?
    OK, what did you initially disagree on just to make it clearer for me, since you said you disagree with most of them
    (remember this was posted last December) Before Mr Jobs announced the new iPhone and the rest of the cool stuff!
    • #16
    • Moey
    • Apple Mac Firefox Browser
    • Said
    • On: 7/7/2008 5:57:07 AM
    More prominent Jordanian bloggers will go anonymous.
    People are going to start a reverse migration over social networks
    Windows Vista will start being good.
    One or more of the Jordanian cell phone providers is going to be sold
    More online social networking sites are going to emerge in Jordan
    At least one anonymous blogger will be exposed
    Laptops are going to break the bottom line price.
    1) Lina Ajailat declared that she wanted to go anonymous. At least 3 others that I know have created anonymous blogs by invitation only
    2) 80% of everyone I know have enabled some sort of privacy in Facebook, Nas removed his Picture, Asoom removed her picture, 7aki, deleted her account, tinkerbella removed her image and the list goes on for ever. Almost everyone is becoming more privacy aware
    3) Windows Zifta did in fact release SP1, and it's excellent (compared to when it was released) however, sales remain poor.
    4) The year is not over yet :)
    5) I can't even count these. Just check.
    6) Tinkerbella who is One anonymous blogger did get exposed.
    7) Brand new Dell Laptop is cheaper than it's desktop counterpart. But that's still not the general trend. However EEEPc greenPC, 7asheesh PC are showing a lot of promise and $99 PCs are really coming soon.

    That's not most :)

    Anyway, 7asal khair :)
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