Pete Cashmore of Mashable wrote an article for CNN predicting the top ten web trends to watch for in 2010. Some of them are predictable. He writes to expect several Twitter-copycats as people strive for even more real-time interaction with their world and the people in it. Cashmore also says with the widespread use of smartphones and apps to expect even more convergence in our devices - for example, Tom Tom's and other GPS devices will likely go out of style and instead they will be sold as apps on iPhones, or even become an included feature. He also says to watch for the increase in "cloud computing," like Apple's MobileMe, where data is no longer stored on one desktop, but instead stored on a server (or cloud) accessible to multiple devices at once.
Possibly Cashmore's prediction with the most interesting consequences is the continuance of our news coming to us through our social network instead of a direct news source. Practically every website, blog, and article have icons to post what you're looking at directly to your Facebook or Twitter account with one click. With the "information overload" of today's internet, people are getting to know their world more and more through their friends. This trend is extremely useful for sharing information with your entire social network instantly, but it also has interesting side effects. For example, if people are only paying attention to things that are shared with them through their social network they may be missing out on other relevant information that's not of interest to their social networking "friends". Having shared interests is a good thing, but this could create a new kind of ignorance and uniform thinking.