The 50 Worst Inventions: 32% are from Tech/Gadget Company

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I was at and read the “The 50 Worst Inventions list” by Time Magazine. While checking on the list, I was surprised to see a number of tech company, gadgets and something that looks trivial happens to be one of the worsts. 🙂

Auto-tune, Tanning Bed, Phone Fingers and Smell-o-Vision, I can understand why they are included in the list. But to include Farmville (though I’m not “playing” it), Clippy, Betamax, Tamagotchis, Sony CD Copy Protection and Foursquare (Yes! Foursquare!!) that I cannot understand.

Farmville is what made Facebook it is today, I bet without FarmVille, Facebook will not have 50 million plus users, may be 20 million or 30 plus million users but not 50,000,000 plus users (exaggeration included).

Sony CD Copy Protection, the technology that was supposed to save record company from pirates. I could go on with my rants and complains why Clippy, Betamax, Tamagotchis and Foursquare are included in the list.

Anyhow, if you’re not getting that I’m talking about, then you can just read my list below.


From the zany to the dangerous to the just plain dumb, here is TIME’s list (in no particular order) of some of the world’s bright ideas that just didn’t work out

* Clippy
* CueCat
* Nintendo Virtual Boy
* Farmville
* Auto-Tune
* Betamax
* Tanning Beds
* Foursquare
* Pop-Up Ads
* Phone Fingers
* Sony CD Copy Protection
* Tamagotchis
* Spam E-mail
* Smell-o-Vision
* Smile Checks
* Microsoft Bob

If you want to read the whole list, you can visit the Time’s 50 Worst Inventions

Last modified: June 1, 2010

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