30 Times The So-Called ‘Next Big Thing’ Crashed and Burned

Published 4 months ago

In the fast-paced world of technology and innovation, the promise of the “next big thing” is a constant source of excitement and anticipation. However, not every groundbreaking idea or revolutionary product lives up to the hype.

A Reddit thread recently surfaced, gathering insights from users who shared their perspectives on the epic failures that shattered the dreams of being the next big thing. Let’s take a look at some examples that demonstrate how even the most promising innovations can fall short of expectations.

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New Coke. The company changed the recipe, and people were so mad that within 3 months they brought back the old one, which is why today it’s called Coke Classic.


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Modular phones. I can remember reading about how being able to choose and change the different modules based on your phone needs (better camera, better speakers, etc.) was gonna kill the iPhone. Kind of a shame really, they sounded pretty cool.


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Olestra. If you were old enough in the 90s, you remember everyone s******g their pants over it.


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Google+. Everyone thought it’s gonna be the facebook killer, now it’s just a history.


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Sega Dreamcast



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There was this lady who said laboratory testing could be reduced to a machine the size of a microwave… turns out it was all a scam.


DIVX was a rental format variation on the DVD player in which a customer would buy a DIVX disc (similar to a DVD) for approximately US$4.50, which was watchable for up to 48 hours from its initial viewing. After this period, the disc could be viewed by paying a continuation fee to play it for two more days. Viewers who wanted to watch a disc an unlimited number of times could convert the disc to a “DIVX silver” disc for an additional fee.

It lasted for about a year back in the late 1990s before dying — even with the backing of major studios who wanted a piece of the video rental market.

Edit: thanks to those who pointed out the error in my reference to DIVX (the unsuccessful rental company) vs DivX (the compression CODEC).

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Lifi, WiFi that works with light reflections, all reflective surfaces in the house must be eliminated, so safe to assume it wasn’t very successful amongst people who use their phone in the toilet.


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Fidget spinners were big in 2017. I can’t find one now, and I don’t know what else to do with my hands.


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3D TVs


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Meta. Lol, who ever thought that rebranding would would be a good thing was an idiot.


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The term “Fetch”


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The U.S. “going metric.” We were taught as kids that we’d be thinking in kg and meters by the time we were adults.


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BlackBerry without the keyboard. Fell flat on its face. Too bad was a great Canadian company and a world leader in mobile devices until they got so arrogant they thought they knew what the consumer wanted but didn’t. Buh bye BB.


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Quibi, the streaming service with 5-10 minute long tv shows meant to be watched on mobile. They spent nearly $2 billion, recruited A List celebrities, were run by a former Disney executive/cofounder of Dreamworks, and completely tanked within 6 months. I believe they try to blame their failure on the pandemic, but realistically, this is what happens when a bunch of out-of-touch media executives get too into being “data-driven” and think they can synergize and scale their way into being cool. I have worked with this particular kind of star-f*cker executive and it was so satisfying and validating to see this stuff fail.


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Flying cars.


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World war I. It was supposed to be the war to end all wars.


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Ngage, a phone and and a videogame system! Too bad you had to remove the battery whenever you wanted to change games.


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The Titanic.


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M. Night Shyamalan was once called the next Spielberg…


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400 million in funding that evaporated gives it to Theranos.


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2012 apocalypse


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Google Stadia/Streaming Games (in general)

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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