No business sector moves as quickly as Internet technology, where companies ride an accelerated roller-coaster to success -- or failure.
The going will only get tougher in 2012. Markets will force much change as Europe's financial crisis leads to more cuts and consolidation, competition grows in Asia, the clamor for mobility builds to a crescendo, and unique content becomes a prerequisite for success anywhere eyeballs gather online.
Yes, we've been here before, but perhaps not quite on this scale. Today's Internet technology market is no place for the hesitant, the misguided, the hubris-driven, or the confused.
Sadly, all of these kinds of firms are represented in today's Web arena. And we at Internet Evolution think these flaws and others will trip up at least 12 Internet firms next year. We've spotlighted our picks, in reverse order from least likely to most likely to stumble.
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Facebook continues to be surprise-attacked by privacy violations -- the latest, hilariously, exposing Zuck's personal adventures killing and cooking a chicken. And we don't see evidence of a cohesive business model just yet. Maybe the IPO will help -- or not.
— Mary Jander , Managing Editor, Internet Evolution