What apps to expect in 2010?

Excited about what 2010 will bring us in the web & mobile application space? Well, I bet there will be a lot of going on in these three categories:

1. Local & mobile

It’s in man’s nature to go out with friends for a dinner or grab a beer, to socialize. People love to share where they are and what are they doing. Mobile apps that help you discover places in your neighbourhood and share them with your friends will be a hit in 2010. Apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, Nelso are already established in this territory, but I believe we’ll see more applications with different, exciting new approach.

2. Meaning in real-time

Real-time has been the buzzword of the last six months. There are thousands of apps bringing us information almost as soon as they happen, or, to be precise, as soon as someone updates their status. This however results in an information overrun. Even if you’re an information junkie like myself, you just can’t keep up with everything that’s happening. Well, at least not if you want to get work done.

That’s why we will see a lot of useful and inteligent apps, which will help users to filter, sort and find meaning in all this data, emerge in 2010. As a personal wish, I’d love to have a feature in my Twitter client that let’s me specify VIP folks, so I never miss a tweet by them.

3. New ways of discovering, sharing and listening to music

The music industry needs a major overhaul and the web is the medium of the upcoming revolution. There are a lot of problems to be solved here, both for producers and consumers and there’s already a few contestants, thesixtyone being my favorite one. The revolution may not come just yet, but 2010 will bring more players in this field and will strenghten the position of present ones. Tough there’s only one thing certain: whoever gets even mildly successful in this category will become very rich.

Bonus tip:

Not exactly a category, but a friend of mine is building an app, it’s about to launch and it should be a hit. Trust me on this – if you watch movies, sing up, you won’t regret it.

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