Welcome to 2009 everyone. To ring in the new year, check out some of the 2009 predictions that the guys over at Mashable have put together for the next year. One of my favorites:
Facebook and MySpace Become Aggressive Acquirers: As startup consolidation continues, look for the two biggest social networks to become aggressive acquirers. The reason? Both have ambitions as not only media companies (side bet: look for Facebook to buy or take a stake in a big music app), but as identity providers. One sure-fire way to gain market share as an identity provider is to buy up popular but profitless sites and make their own identity system the standard. This is exactly what Google and Yahoo have done with properties they’ve acquired through the years (see: Flickr, Del.icio.us, Blogger, FeedBurner, etc.).
It's going to be a big one. The state of the economy is going to make it tough for some people but hopefully it will inspire brands to do some amazing work. Only time will tell.