In our daily lives, we are constantly bombarded with novel ideas. From new products and services to innovative business models, there is always something new that promises to change the world. But not all of these ideas are created equal. Some, despite their initial promise, ultimately fail to deliver. An internet survey recently asked, “What was supposed to be The Next Big Thing but totally flopped?” Here are the top 18 responses.
“I remember in a span of 3 months everyone had them and showed them off, and then they just disappeared.”
“They started burning…”
Small Cell Phones
“For 20 years, cell phones got smaller and smaller. Often being the main selling point of the phone. Then all of a sudden you could watch videos on your phone, and almost overnight, the trend reversed to larger is better.”
Amazon Shopping Buttons
“They pushed really hard for those, and I never saw the point.”
“I think they are useful for very select Products. Toilet paper. Paper towels. Pet food. Maybe laundry/cleaning supplies. But I don’t need a button for the book I just bought. (They asked if I wanted a button for that at one point).”
“I remember when they brought Crystal Pepsi back a few years ago. The first bottle I loved. The second bottle days later, I did not. I’ve never gotten tired of a soda so quickly before.”
“My friend who studies Medicine had to install Second Life about two years ago for a class meeting. I don’t get why they couldn’t have used Skype but ok…”
“The issue here was time. The pizzas were actually a huge hit. The issue was how long it took them to cook relative to everything else.
“One person in a family orders a pizza, and everyone else is done eating before the pizza is done.”
“They were supposed to revolutionize travel and replace the automobile. Now they’re just used for guided tours in tourist traps.”
“Yes, this was mine – the hype leading up to it was intense. Like a year of promising something that would challenge how cities are built.”
“Not sure if this one has totally flopped yet, but I noticed while in Costco the other day that there are no longer any curved TVs. If Costco is no longer carrying them, then I think we can assume they’re going the way of the dodo.”
“The satisfying mechanical click you’d hear whenever you shut the lid. Man, I miss my Minidisc! I gave it away to one of my high school buddies.”
“MP3 players were already coming out, so it just made them redundant really quickly.”
“They renamed it Byte. They made it a TikTok clone.”
“I heard one of the biggest issues was that it was too heavy and felt uncomfortable, but they literally couldn’t make it any lighter.”
“These were the next awesome way to travel long distances; the spire on top of the Empire State Building was meant as an anchoring point for airships.”
“It was my first smartphone and still my favorite. But relying on third-party apps killed it for me.”
“I’m sad to say I agree. I got an Xbox One when they were bundled with Kinect. The only thing I used it for was ‘Xbox On’ and ‘Xbox Off’ “
“Nothing was worse than getting red-carded in FIFA when the mic heard you swear at the tv.”
“I had a friend in high school who was preparing to go to film school. She swore up and down that 3DTV was the way of the future and one day, all movies and tv shows would be in 3D.”
Electric Carving Knife
“What happened is that bread is not hard to slice. At least not enough to justify handling a more complex tool.”
“How could they have failed if they did absolutely nothing?”
“Was supposed to be the answer to Facebook.”
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