Just wanted to hash out some ideas I think will happen in 2009. Some of these fall more into the "i hope they will" happen category :-) Rather than pile them all on in one post, I'll just do one or two per day.
App store for web apps
Webapps are built, launched, and reach the deadpool at an astounding rate these days. Its impossible tokeep up with them all. As the mainstream user realizes that webapps out there exist for every need conceivable, we can't expect all these people to read blogs like ehub or techcrunch to get the latest and greatest. There needs to be a centralized directory that helps people discover webapps, find which ones have the most traction, and learn how to use them. Will it look like the ihpone app store, will it look like download.com from cnet?
There are a few players in the space, and most of the existing efforts focus on building a directory for the techy startup venture niche, like crunchbase or tradevibe or Vator.tv These sites have their place, and I love them, but I'm envisioning something that addresses a different, much larger issue for a much larger audience.
I may be completely wrong, and most of the world might not be interested in web apps. But if you count the number of times you've said "did you know there's a web app that does just that" to a friend, you might see that these web apps have a larger potential audience!
Omnipresense: Look ma, i'm everywhere!
Yammer launched with a desktop app, iphone app, and blackberry app. Boxee is on mac, linux, and windows is on the way. With apple continuing to grow and low cost linux boxes and netbooks gaining traction, does this mean you have to build for more platforms? Now introduce the palm appstore, along with the android, blackberry, and symbian ones.... you get my point. To reach larger audience, you'll have to get on multiple platforms. What tools are making this possible?
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="The 3 way combo - thanks Javier Aroche!"][/caption]