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I thought I would take a different direction on this post. Instead of featuring some cool application, program or tool, I thought it would be fun to look back at the year that was.

It’s hard to believe that the year is almost over. In some regards  it feels as if it blew by – like we blinked and it was over. On the other hand, there were times when the year seemed to drag on. I guess that’s the case every year, right? There are always ups and downs, highs and lows.

We talked about a few pretty cool tools this past year – everything from Twitter to Prezi, WhatsApp to Scribd…and of course everything in between. We experienced the first World Cup hosted in Africa, the opening of the tallest man-made structure in United Arab Emirates, a devastating earthquake in Haiti, the emergence of Wikileaks, the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles and the discovery of a new arsenic-based life form…among other things. It really has been a year to remember.

On a personal note, the year had its ups and downs as well. Multiple opportunities have led to a clear feeling of hope for the near future. That hope has been tempered by what can only be classified as a “challenging” year on the work front. But through it all, I feel that many great things are just around the corner.

I feel this excitement and anticipation for some of the new social media tools that we can expect to see in 2011. I think we will see more of a melding of online and offline social media tools – basically, moving social media outside of the screen. I also think that the mobile movement will grow in leaps and bounds in 2011. App developers are really pushing the envelope on creativity and functionality and personally, I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

I want to thank everyone who visited, read or even skimmed through this blog in 2010. It is great to have an avenue to express yourself and the fact that other people may find some of the things I rant and ramble on even remotely interesting is a great gift.

Have a very safe and happy holiday season and here’s to a great and prosperous 2011!