Over the last 15 years, Mary Meeker has garnered accolades for her annual report on the latest Internet trends. Since she is primarily a venture capitalist, her words carry much weight in the Internet industry and in other emerging technologies. While some may disagree with the numbers she uses to back up her opinions, there is no denying the influence she holds in the industry.
In early June, Meeker gave this year’s edition of her state of the Internet report at the All Things D conference held in California. The big technology trends for 2013, according to Meeker, are mobile, wearable technology, and the growth of personal data.
The Mobile Sector Continues to Grow
With over 1.5 billion subscribers worldwide, mobile continues to be the fastest-growing sector in the world of Internet technology. Meeker generated some controversy by stating a study that mobile users look at their devices 150 times during the day, but it appears those numbers couldn’t be substantiated. Still, there is little doubt that a growing number of users access the Internet through some form of mobile device, which leads to the next trend.
The Advent of Wearable Technology
As Google Glass continues in its beta period and new rumors about an Apple iWatch appear on an almost daily basis, wearable technology appears to be the next big thing in the tech world. Meeker feels that while the last few decades saw the dominance of the personal computer, the next few decades will be all about wearable tech.
The Visual Web Leads to the Need for Bandwidth
Mobile and wearable technology makes it easier for end users to share personal data — everything from photos to their favorite products. The sharing of photos, especially, is showing an exponential growth: Meeker expects the yearly number of shared images — currently at 500 million — to double each year for the foreseeable future. Obviously, this Meeker prediction will make bandwidth providers happy if it comes to fruition.
The opinions Mary Meeker holds on the current state of technology are shared by many others. In fact, almost anyone currently working in technology could come up with similar trends. Expect the next few years to see the continued growth of mobile usage, with many of those devices being some form of wearable technology.