So, I decided to go bigger this year, and make not one, but five bold predictions around the emergence of the Social Web.
Prediction 1: Facebook will begin its migration to the “Open Stack” and roll out support for at least one piece of it. Leading candidates: OpenID and OAuth.
Prediction 2: Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft will rollout support for Portable Contacts for their respective webmail services.
Prediction 3: Microsoft will implement OAuth, at least for Portable Contacts, if not more broadly.
Prediction 4: Microsoft’s “Windows Live” social network will become an OpenSocial container.
Prediction 5: Plaxo will so successfully prove onboard turbocharging via the Open Stack that they will abandon traditional email/password signups entirely.
These predictions are solely my opinion and are not based on any knowledge of specific product plans — except for maybe number 5. 😉
As with last year, I will check in on these at mid-year and end of the year.