2008 was the year of Twitter and Facebook, but which sites will dominate 2009? We've put together a list of the 10 sites we think you won't be able to live without this year.
Believe it or not, Hi5 is the third largest social network in the world. Yet it's virtually unheard of. That could change. Hi5 typically has 60 million unique visitors every month, most of them from abroad (40 percent comes from Spanish-speaking countries). Word has it that more and more people are discovering the site, a trend line that will likely keep bending upward in the next 12 months.
The site's music and video applications rival those of other, more popular social networks, and Hi5's mobile app (pictured) is first rate. Hi5 won't be bigger than Facebook by the end of the year, but it will have grown significantly, and it will have given many of us an attractive alternative to try out.
Tripit's goal in life is to be your personal, full-service travel assistant. For us, a typical trip (business or pleasure) involves a number of modes of travel - planes, trains, taxis, and so on - and things like restaurants and hotels. It adds up to a lot of details to keep track of. The usual method is to make a hard copy of all reservations, staple them together, and carry the whole bundle.
Tripit aggregates all those details, and throws in some handy tools such as maps, local attractions, dinner reservations, and weather reports, and wraps it up in an easy-to-use master itinerary. Much of the stress of travel can be cured by having the right information at the right times, and that, in a nutshell, is what Tripit does. We think a lot of new users will arrive at this conclusion in 2009.
So there you go. We hope you've enjoyed our predictions of the biggest sites of 2009. Of course, some of them will miss the mark, while others will live up to the hype. We hope you'll go check some of them out today, rather than waiting for your friends to nag you into it later, when the sites start getting popular.
- The sites that will dominate your online activity this year
- Boxee and the Blackberry Application Storefront
- Loopt and Blip.fm
- Power.com and Tweetag
- Hi5 and Tripit
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