These 3 snappy companies recently died:
Don't miss the heroic goodbye note from that last one!
1. Micro-Payments For Quality Content
2. Wider Monitors For More Horizontal-Scrolling Content
3. Magazines In A More Interactive Format
4. More Collaborative And Real-Time Content
5. More Semantic Content And Apps That Exploit Them
6. Augmented Reality In Mobile Web Applications
7. Interesting Web Operating System Applications
7. [sic!] Better Adoption Of Web Standards
8. Better Web Security Against Phishing, Scams and Spam
9. Even More Social Apps
10. More High-Quality Online “TV” Programs
11. Web Apps Play A Bigger Role In Daily Life
12. Search Engine Optimization Will Be Less Important
13. Places to Watch TV Online For Free
13. Your OS Will Be Online
14. Customized User Interfaces
15. The Web Will Be The Center Of Information And Content Distribution
Full - rather eclectic - article here.
I guess that about 20% of the 7,000+ initiatives that I've indexed between 2006 and 2008 (in my EVERYTHING 2.0 blog) have disappeared from our screens. A considerable number were just fun projects, without any business perspective. The better ones got acquired - I guess 70, or so. A few of the weaker-but-still-interesting-enough found partners to merge with. But most members of the 2.0 Death Pool just perished.
Many of them did it graciously, diligently informing their members, sometimes even giving them time to remove their data. But, still, quite a number just stopped their activities - in mid air, so to speak.
During the past 12 months I've sometimes captured the messages that I got (over email) or found (on a dead web page).
This collage draws the whole picture (especially when you have good eyes).