Real-time web and mobile platforms are set to take over our little lives in a big way. We saw it in 2009, it’ll only get bigger in 2010. Today I’ll take a look at 5 of the most promising web platforms for 2010. So what is a web platform? A web platform is simply an API that allows developers to access data from another company or website. It can be a set of services or a dedicated development platform. Modern web platforms have revolutionized the way people access information on the World Wide Web and they shall continue to do so as more and more platforms emerge in the wild.
Here’s a look at 5 web platforms to watch out for in 2010;
Twitter is everywhere. No doubt about the fact that it’s been one of the most emerging web platforms in 2009. More celebrities, more users and more awesome applications have made sure Twitter always remained in the news. It is believed that the yet to be monetized Twitter will start enabling developers access to the fill firehose of feeds in early 2010. Twitter’s success is mainly attributed to the large scale developers contribution. The new year would also see some insight into the much anticipated Twitter revenue model.
Facebook has taken over the world of online social networking with about 350 million users in it’s belly. Facebook’s success is also dependent on the large scale third-party development on the Facebook platform. Addictive (annoying for me) applications such as Farmville had made sure people spend more time in harvesting crops than doing their homework. But it’s not just about the applications that make the Facebook platform so sexy. Facebook Connect has now been widely accepted by many for letting users sign-in to their websites using their Facebook credentials.
Android is one kid that’s growing up quickly. Although I am aware of the fact that most of the consumers aren’t really much aware about this mobile OS from Google. However 2009 saw a large amount of developer activity on the Android platform as well as some smart smartphones such as the Droid by Motorola. Also now that Google is coming up with it’s own phone titled Nexus One, it’s time for Android to make it big. Whether Android powered phones will kick Apple’s iPhone in the behind is only a matter of time now. There you go, I said it.
I personally don’t like the entire iPhone development scenario due to it’s closed nature. Also the at-times controversial approval system isn’t appealing to most developers. But what keeps most people stick to the iPhone platform might be Apple’s ability to make iPhone larger than life. With so many iPhones out there you don’t wanna miss on the potential especially if you have a great idea for an application. No wonder Apple’s made it big with the App Store featuring a huge number of applications. 2010 will see the numbers rise even higher with newer, better versions of the Apple iPhone.
Cloud computing has been generating a major buzz during 2009. Everyone is interested in jumping into the scene here. Azure is Microsoft’s answer to the cloud computing burst. Microsoft shall be competing head on with Amazon and RackSpace cloud computing services here. With Microsoft jumping into the cloud computing scene it will be very interesting to see how things evolve and how competition drives major players to innovate constantly.