The new new things that werent

Were always looking for the New New Thing in tech, since long before Michael Lewis coined the motto. Often we are entirely too successful. There are so many New New Things and so many of them fail from the sky like burned-out flares soon enough, to considerably litter the graveyard of Old New Things. Can we learn from them? Likely. Will we learn from them? Perhaps not. But its worth remembering them anyway, from time to time. And so I give you this highly idiosyncratic directory of yesterdays tomorrows from the twenty-teens 😛 TAGEND

2010

Chatroulette was perhaps the most mayfly-ish of all the once-new things. It launched in November 2009. Three months later it was a culture contest. Three months after that its founder was the subject of a period New Yorker profile. Three months after that it shut down. Then it came back, but by then , no one cared ..

was perhaps the most mayfly-ish of all the once-new stuffs. It launched in November 2009. Three months later it was a culture event. Three months after that its creator was the subject of a period profile. Three several months after it shut down. Then it came back, but by then , no one cared .. The BlackBerry PlayBook was, and this may be hard to believe, awaited with great anticipation. It was going to be BlackBerrys big comeback. It was going to dominate the tablet space. It was the subject of my very first TechCrunch upright. And it couldnt do email unless tethered to a BlackBerry phone. RIP, PlayBook.

The Arab Outpouring was “the worlds” first social-media-driven revolt, concurred everyone breathlessly.( Including me .) The difficulty is, except for Tunisia, the world is still waiting for the first successful social-media-driven revolution. The Arab Spring soon became the Arab Winter, and has become little more than a historical note.

was the worlds first social-media-driven change, concurred everyone breathlessly.( Including me .) The question is, with the exception of Tunisia, the world is still waiting for the first social-media-driven change. The Arab Spring soon became the Arab Winter, and has become little more than a historical note. Google Plus was a big deal. It was Googles move into social media. It was Googles Facebook killer. It was the clue that everything Google did was now social. I imply, until it completely disappointed. Its still there, but its a ghost town.

Windows Phone had an absolutely gorgeous and good-to-use brand-new OS, Windows Phone 8, which launched this year. It had the full load of mighty Microsoft behind it. It was aimed at the still-burgeoning smartphone busines, which was not yet thought to be an entrenched duopoly. It flopped, it burned, it succumbed.

had an absolutely gorgeous and good-to-use new OS, Windows Phone 8, which launched this year. It had the full heavines of mighty Microsoft behind it. It was aimed at the still-burgeoning smartphone marketplace, which was not yet thought to be an entrenched duopoly. It flopped, it burned, it lived. Google Glass was supposed to be the harbinger of widespread augmented actuality and wearable computing. Instead “its become” most remarkable for eliciting the coinage of the word Glassholes. They really, really should have added an LED to make it very apparent where reference is camera was reporting. I was pro-Glass in the abstract, but then I went on a multi-day dive outing( a descent tour !) with a Glasshole. Yeesh. Five years later, the world is still waiting for its harbinger of widespread augmented actuality.

Upworthy is more viral story area on the Internet, with a signature much-mocked, much-maligned, much-copied headline format, a social conscience, and a hockey-stick expansion diagram. Then the hockey stick inverted and the books originated birthed. Nowadays, a layoff or two afterwards like every other fighting story area, it suggests its focusing on video.

was the most viral news area on the Internet, with a signature much-mocked, much-maligned, much-copied headline format, a social conscience, and a hockey-stick increment diagram. Then the hockey stick inverted and the books thrived abode. Nowadays, a layoff or two eventually like every other striving information website, it remarks its focusing on video. The Snowden Revelations seemed immensely consequential when they happened. And they certainly did change the ongoing discourse about district surveillance vs. encryption. But if you look at whats actually changed since then, youll find not very much. One can certainly argue that this is because he prevented circumstances from getting even worse; and in truth he remains a hero of pit.

But this is on the list because we meditated then that this organization is the opening shot in the characterizing government conflict of the future, that of the fight against authoritarian surveillance territory and surveillance capitalism. It is about to change, post- Brexit and Trump, that that is only a sideshow; the futures real political battle is between cosmopolitan multiculturalism vs. racist ethno-nationalism. We would have been offended and frightened to be noted that in that long-ago innocent year of 2013.

Yo, an app which literally really transmitted the notification Yo to its users in response to incidents, caused me to coin Yos Law. It began others to wax eloquent about the merit of single-bit communications. And then it faded away and was soon forgotten.

, an app which literally simply routed the notification Yo to its customers in response to happenings, caused me to coin Yos Law. It induced others to wax forceful about the merit of single-bit communications. And then it faded away and was soon neglects. Secret was a big deal, “its been” controversial, it was such a big hit that it was funded by venture capitalists who were happy to give$ 6 million of the money in question directly to the founders rather than to the company. And then we all lost interest.

Yik Yak was a big deal, it was contentious, it was such a big hit, “its been” valued at $400 million, etc etc etc. Farewell, Yik Yak.

was a big deal, “its been” contentious, it was such a big hit, it was valued at $400 million, etc etc etc. Farewell, Yik Yak. Meerkat was all anyone in tech could talk about for a few months. It was the toast of SXSW. It was huge on Product Hunt. Live video broadcasts were going to change everything. RIP Meerkat.