Lists of what to watch for this year — in your career and beyond.
You know how it goes. First everyone comes out with their “Best of 2011” lists. The 50 Best Websites of 2011. The Best Viral Videos of 2011. I could go on, but I think you get the point.
Then trend lists come along with all the things we should be watching for in the new year. These are a little more interesting if you ask me. Nod to Brazen, the 20 Young Professionals to Watch in 2012 was a nice compilation of push-the-envelope go-getters.
Here are a few other trend lists that caught my eye:
6 Social Media Networks to Watch in 2012: Do you know how many social networks you’re signed up for? I mean, the TOTAL number, because I sometimes forget. Sometimes I hear about a new social network or social media tool and go to check it out — only to discover that I already have an account. That’s the curse of being a digital marketing professional, I guess!
Read this list by Jeff Bullas because it takes a minute to step back and “reflect on some significant events and evolutionary changes that are impacting how we communicate and connect.” Oh, and there are infographics!
Top 5 Diets to Watch in 2012: I decided that January would be the month when I cut back on drinking and continue improving my lifestyle. I’ve never been a diet person but there are plenty of different ways to modify habits and lose weight. This article says 2012 “looks like a return to sensible eating” after the year of fad diets in 2011. From science-based slim downs to “real food” diets, you just might find the plan that’ll fulfill your needs.
Fitness Bloggers to Watch in 2012: There’s been a rise in niche blogging over the last couple of years, and fitness is one of the biggies. If you’re into that sort of thing, this post has a list of 13 fitness bloggers to watch this year.
5 Tech Trends to Watch: Mashable is great when it comes to lists and they didn’t let me down when coming up with a tech trends to watch list in 2012. In this article, Lance Ulanoff, Mashable’s editor-in-chief, has collected what he thinks will be the five big memorable trends that will make a “big impact in our technologically-enhanced lives.” I’m personally curious to see how augmented reality will grow and take over our lives.
12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012: There’s no denying that technology is reshaping education from K-12 to colleges. From adaptive learning to game-based learning, technology is creating new ways for educators to incorporate technology into their curriculum.
Four Employment Trends to Watch in 2012: According to the latest job report, the unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent as the economy added 200,000 new jobs. What does that mean for jobs in 2012? According to this International Business Times article, “[t]hirty-eight percent [of employers] plan to train people who don’t have experience in their particular industry and hire them for positions within their organizations in 2012.”
6 Important Marketing Trends to Watch in 2012: My favorite part of this list is the predication that creativity will take center stage and “if your company’s DNA doesn’t carry the gene for nimble creativity, you may not make it to 2013.”
20 Bloggers to Watch in 2012: I’m a huge fan of Problogger and look forward to the site’s “bloggers to watch” list every year. This year, the list includes a few people who are already at the top of my Google Reader, but I will definitely be adding a few more based on these recommendations.
12 Cute Animals to Watch in 2012: I mean, really, what is the internet without our fuzzy friends?
What are some fun trends that you’re watching this year?