To kick things off, I’d like to wish everyone who has read, commented on and shared a Social Web Thing post over the past 12 months a very Happy Christmas.
All in all, 2011 has been a fantastic year, both personally and for this blog – amongst the many highlights are moving to a new country, gaining promotion and once again being nominated for the CRAPPs.
For something which started as nothing more than a hobby, I find it extraordinary and humbling to see how the Social Web Thing has evolved over the past 27 months. It’s been quite a journey and the growth has been very pleasing; with the blog exceeding 40,000 Pageviews in 2011.
Another source of much pride has been continuing to write for the Edelman Digital blog, as well as penning posts for The Next Web and Clare Siobhán Callery’s excellent blog, both on a topic close to my heart; employability.
Throughout 2011 I’ve learnt so much, from too many people to name, but I’ll be forever grateful to everyone who has made it such a wonderful year. I’m not quite sure what 2012 will hold for me, but I’m always optimistic and I’m sure it will be an exciting, memorable and enjoyable 12 months.
At this time of year, it’s almost customary to make some predictions about what trends we can expect to see in the year ahead, so I’ll put my head on the block and make some predictions – I’d be interested to hear yours too (here’s my 2011 predictions).
- Be the year of Social Business
- Be remembered for gamification coming to the fore
- See us have more control over our online data
- See the emergence and use of near-field communication (NFC) technology
2012 will not…
- See us any closer to the Rusbridger Cross
- See the death of SEO
Again, I’d like to thank you all for reading Social Web Thing and for your continued support over the past year, it’s much appreciated.
Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and great New Year,