7 Most Popular  Big Picture Trends by the Numbers Today

Here are the 7 most popular business, technology and market trends by the numbers for today on Metrics 2.0:


 1 10 Key IT Predictions for 2007 & Beyond: Gartner

IT Predictions 

Gartner, the largest information technology research firm by far,  released 
its annual 10 key predictions that showcase the trends and events that will change the nature of business and IT in 2007 and beyond. Follow-me Internet, Vista as the last of Windows, and Blogging peaks at 100 million are some of the popular predictions.


 2 Teens Take UGC and Social Networking TO GO!

Teens are expanding their social networks to the mobile realm, with over 50% of the 13 to 17-year-olds from major markets are engaging in social networking or otherwise creating content on mobile phones, according to the latest monthly statistics from M:Metrics. Italian teens lead the charge with 70% participation while it's under 37% among US teens.


 3 TIME Person of the Year 2006: YOU ...made possible by YouTube

The answer is, YOU! "And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME's Person of the Year for 2006 is YOU...made possible by YouTube, MySpace, and a host of Web 2.0 creations.


 4 Venture Capital Predictions 2007: Alternatives, Internet & Media 

Venture capitalists are predicting a strong and stable investment climate in 2007 with strong bets on alternative exits, greater deal flow in China and India, and Internet/media poised for greater VC investments, according to a survey conducted by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). 


 5 Social Communities Go Mobile: 50 million to Become 174 million

The rapid rise of online social communities and the companies behind them (such as MySpace and Facebook), has found a natural extension to the mobile phones. There are currently nearly 50 million members in "mobile social communities" and is expected to reach 174 million worldwide by 2011, according to ABI Research.  


 6 2006: The Year Spam Raised Its Game; 2007 Predictions

A new report highlights the escalation of spam activity throughout 2006, with annual average spam levels reaching 86.2%, and spam overtaking viruses as the dominant menace over the last twelve months, a trend which is predicted to continue through 2007, according to 2006 Annual MessageLabs Intelligence Report


 7 Search Engines - 70% Get Lost and End Up in Unexpected Places 

When online searches fail, more than half conclude "it’s there, but I can't find it".  Many U.S. professionals do not get the results they are looking for and are forced to abandon their efforts when they use popular Internet search engines for work-related research, according to a survey of more than 1,000 professionals, commissioned by Convera Corp. (CNVR).


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