Remember Theranos? It was a breakthrough technology company that claimed to have devised blood tests that required very tiny amounts of blood. The hype was real: In 2015, Theranos received a $9 billion valuation and its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, seemed prime to become a household name. Shortly afterward, she was exposed as a fraud; her trial (on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud) has been postponed several times as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

After Redditor LineofDeath asked the online community, "What was supposed to be the next big thing but totally flopped?" people reminded us how you should never fall for the hype.


"Now they are chiefly remembered..."

Quadraphonic entertainment systems in the early 1970s. They were supposed to replace stereophonic systems. Now they are chiefly remembered for inspiring the name of The Who's second rock opera.

TheSanityInspector

"Google+..."

Google+ was supposed to be the answer to Facebook.

Puzzledheaded-R-49

Ah, yes...

Remember those days? That didn't end well for them, didn't it? The hype was real and it died as quickly as it began.

"I saw ads for it..."

That streaming service that lasted like two months. 'Qubi' or 'Qupi' I think?

Even bad timing aside (a mobile-based streaming service at a time when no one could really leave their house) the marketing was just horrible. I saw ads for it for nearly a week before I realized it was a new video streaming service, and by that point was so annoyed by the ads untrusting everything I didn't care at all, just out of spite. Also, I mean it was just YouTube you have to pay for and got worse content.

Disreily

"Not sure..."

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.

MrEngin33r

"I thought it was a good idea..."

Google Wave. It was supposed to replace email with a more collaborative approach. Essentially it was like a dynamically-created discussion board you'd share with select people and you could have a more readable discussion than one with a bunch of forwards and CCs and the like.

I thought it was a good idea, but it flopped big time and Google got rid of it after a few years.

jahvidsanders44

"They pushed really hard for those..."

Amazon's shopping buttons. They pushed really hard for those and I never saw the point.

GarrettSLB

They try a lot of things.

Not all of them are winners.

"It was supposed to..."

The Divergent series. It was supposed to kinda have a Hunger Games concept and all and try to be a replacement. The last two movies ended up being so unwatchable.

brunettemountainlion

These were terrible.

When the actors gave up on them, you knew it was over.

"Now they're just used to..."

Segways were supposed to revolutionize travel and replace the automobile. Now they're just used for guided tours for dorks in tourist traps.

TheLinguaFranca

"These were the next, awesome way..."

Airship travel. These were the next, awesome way to travel long distances; in fact, the spire on top of the Empire State Building was meant as an anchoring point for airships.

The Hindenburg kind of put a damper on it, though.

CreativeWaltz9462

"I had a friend in high school..."

3DTV

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.

FalconOtherwise

The hype machine is a real thing...

...and you can't believe it all the time. Sucks to be the inventor... or the investor. (Looking at you, Quibi.)

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