Can you believe it's the end of 2010, already?! In the spirit of online year-end wrap-ups, here is mine. We had three major tech news stories in 2010 that I believe will be historical markers for many years to come.
The first, of course, is that I started writing for this blog. Ok, ok, just kidding. I did start writing for this blog this year, and am thankful to Tim and the folks at WebRevelation for the opportunity. That was probably only major news for me, however. Here are some things that affect all of us.
Stuxnet and Wikileaks
I'm putting the Stuxnet worm, and the Wikileaks phenomenon into one category, because they are part of a larger story - which is that terrorism and war are now being carried out online. This is something that has been expected for a long time, but these two stories were really the first evidence that it is happening, world-wide. "Cyberwar," and "Cyberterror," will soon be the new "war," and "terror."
While most of my writing on this topic was either tongue-in-cheek, or complaining about Facebook taking advantage of the public's ignorance about protecting their online data, the important part of this story is that the traditional news outlets finally discovered Facebook, and took social networking went mainstream. There's no going back, now.
Google's Android became the best-selling mobile device in 2010 by working by working with multiple providers (unlike Apple, who had focused on exclusivity), and revolutionized mobile technology forever. All Google needs to do now is buy Facebook, and they will have accomplished their goal of ruling the world.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.