Given that most people are bound to be busy photocopying their arse next Friday, I'll jump the gun here with a traditionally naff call for some crystal-bollocks-gazing looking towards 2007.
From the 'It's Friday - but is it bollocks?' department, this piece on CNN Money/Fortune - Can Yahoo catch Google? is subtitled 'Competition between Yahoo and Google could be won by Ask.com'. Really? The following just gets my BS detectors flaring:
The wild card is Ask.com, owned by IAC/Interactive (Charts). Its own site accounts for 2.8 percent of searches, according to Nielsen. But Ask CEO Jim Lanzone explains that if you add in both other search sites Ask operates (like Excite and iWon) as well as other sites that use Ask's search (like Lycos and Infospace), its total volume accounts for more than 10 percent of all searches. Though Ask has its own distinctive (and impressive) search technology, most of the ads on its searches are put there by Google, in a deal that expires at the end of 2007. Expect a hot contest for the deal that succeeds it.
I'd love for Ask to be the Little Engine That Could, but those figures are just nonsense, surely? The piece suggests a cartel of Ask, Live and Y! could seriously stack up against Google. I'm sure they'd have a chance, but is 2007 the year when the Microsoft buy Yahoo stories finally get some legs? Are Live really going to dig in for the 5 or so years they themselves think they need to do more than snap at Google's ankles, going it alone?
Bring on your predictions for 2007, serious, st00pid, tin-foiled and nicely basted.