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2010: Go beyond property data

Watch for blurring of lines: online and offline

Inman News asked me to write up some predictions for 2010. I'm not a fan of prognostication, being more of a "let's try it and see what works" sort of guy. But as William Gibson said, "The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed." Let's look at some existing trends and see what they might tell us about the year ahead. Even though this column is ostensibly about technology, I'm going to start with human/cultural trends. Technology doesn't mean much without people pushing the buttons, sliding the sliders, touching the touch things, and so on. So let's look at the way people are using technology and make a few guesses that relate to technology. Mobile I've got to get this one out of the way early because, as noted by others, every year is the big year for mobile. 2010 won't be any different. More people are going to be using cell phones, and more people are going to be using cell phones with Web or Web-like capabilities. Maybe Google w...

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