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The Public Is Growing Weary of Popular Technology

SodaHead Infographics 2012/07/18 16:37:18
Facebook and Apple have been at the top of their respective games for some time now, but what goes up must come down. When we polled the public on the two companies, we found that most people were less than thrilled about the brands' future. Call it tech fatigue, or a simple need for change. Like gravity, the mysterious force of public opinion is making it difficult for popular companies to retain their audience. Facebook has been fighting it for a while, but even Apple could fall if it's not careful to keep up with public interest.

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  • Autumn 2012/07/23 19:17:15
    Autumn
    +9
    If the iPad is just a giant version of the iPod Touch.... Wouldn't an iPad Mini just be.... an iPod Touch?

    /facepalm

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  • Marianne LesWagg... 2012/08/24 21:56:12
    Marianne
    +2
    Congratulations, you are doing a great job.
  • LesWagg... Marianne 2012/08/25 19:33:46
    LesWaggoner BN 1
    +2
    Job?...JOB??? I don't work. I'm retired. I do only what I wish to do.
  • Marianne LesWagg... 2012/08/25 20:08:06
    Marianne
    +2
    Well, how do you want to name it? You achieved a lot by yourself and if you had pleasure, all the better. I am sure that you can be proud of it.
  • LesWagg... Marianne 2012/08/25 20:22:22
    LesWaggoner BN 1
    +2
    I am happy with what I have accomplished but I am a classic under-achiever.
  • Marianne LesWagg... 2012/08/25 20:32:30
    Marianne
    +2
    Don't say that, you desserve better. You certainly made great efforts, you invested much time, money and patience, and you must have great skills. Not anybody could achieve what you realised. Congratulations, and I mean it.
  • LesWagg... Marianne 2012/08/26 01:05:51
    LesWaggoner BN 1
    +3
    Let me explain a little.
    Although IQ is more about one's ability to solve problems, I completed a series of three proctored tests scoring between 96th percentile and 99.67th percentile. Along with that my father taught me how to use common sense.

    I didn't attend college until I was 49 years old but maintained a 4.0 GPA and made the Presidents List with scholarships.

    I worked most of my life solving problems for others in the construction, computer and teaching industries. My income was never more than mid middle class but I always kept my head above water.

    I could have achieved more but I enjoyed what I did over the years. I guess the best thing that I accomplished was to raise six kids and see them all through college and they have all been fully employed through this economic terror.

    I researched economics and economic history for years as I found time but now that I am retired I research full time and discuss economic issues with other sodaheads.
  • Marianne LesWagg... 2012/08/26 06:05:02
    Marianne
    +2
    Interesting - you are exceptional, and you certainly helped many people.
    And, whats more important, you opened your heart.
    Thank you for telling me.
  • Joe61 2012/08/24 16:17:16 (edited)
    Joe61
    +3
    It's not that people are fed up with the brand....They are fed up with synthetic and cheap to make reality web sites, television......People are feeling screwed by these never ending scams and of mobiles that never seem to stay in vogue for five minutes, television shows where you have to cast a vote that cost you money, when you have paid over one hundred £100 for the license to watch.....Whether it be a television programme or a mobile phone it is all costing more than it is actually worth.

    Ban The reality shows and make mobile programmes free of charge......After all you have paid an arm and a leg to own the damn thing. Why should you have to pay the other arm and leg just to keep it running.

    Even recorded music is not sacrosanct... with digitally enhanced instruments and sounds.
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/08/23 21:40:17
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    Where am I supposed to vote?

    This is pretty silly, people.
  • Lina Blub 2012/08/23 18:14:05
    Lina Blub
    +1
    *sigh* i wouldnt be on fb if it wasnt this special somebody ^-^'
  • Pianocam 2012/08/22 22:56:39
    Pianocam
    +2
    I defiantly agree that I will use less Facebook in the future and that there will be a social network to eclipse Facebook. Facebook replaced MySpace, didn't it? But, the reason I'll use less Facebook in the future is that I'll have other things to do.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/08/21 03:04:24
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +2
    DECADES OF TECHNICAL "IMPROVEMENTS" HAVE REPLACED MANPOWER IN MOST ALL WORKPLACES.....AND IT WILL CONTINUE.
  • ★Calliope★ 2012/08/20 08:36:36
    ★Calliope★
    Good.

    The novelty is wearing off and folks can get back to healthier pursuits.
  • Muriel 2012/08/18 20:12:28
    Muriel
    +2
    I like my iPad but there are several apps on it that I no longer enjoy. Technology overall totally overwhelms me. Sure wish I understood more.
  • brian.southworth.921 2012/08/17 16:44:33
    brian.southworth.921
    +2
    Well, I was fortunate enough to be born in 71 and remember when a pong game was the newest in home tech. I remember not having cell phones or home computers. However, I have learned a thing or two about trends in tech development. The one thing I have learned is to not pay attention to the newest tech and wait until versions 2.0 or higher have come out. Let the people with more disposable income waste their cash on the newest tech to look cool and wait until those funds get used to make better tech that is better.
  • DP 2012/08/15 17:45:36
    DP
    +1
    Technology has hit a brick wall right now.
  • Nameless 2012/08/14 17:50:37
    Nameless
    And the question was? Geezuz, I meandered through all that garbage and forgot what the question was. This fool is going on block just for being so stupid.
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/13 01:11:55
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Well we know he will blame somebody.
  • rebeccasrevenge 2012/08/10 07:36:38
    rebeccasrevenge
    +3
    You know how when something new and improved is marketed and everyone just hasta have it?Of course it's outrageously expensive and in about a month it will become obsolete due to the next big thing so the cost of the original is cut in half or more and then is found in the bargain bin at Walmart.Well I'm waiting until they perfect everything and it's free.
  • HAlex1972 2012/08/08 11:46:13
    HAlex1972
    +3
    I'm always way behind the times on tech because I wait for the cost to come down dramatically before I buy.
  • dasimon1 2012/08/08 03:33:59
    dasimon1
    +2
    Harry Reid is a Hero?? he got paid off by the rackets in vegas. He hip deep with some of those pure mafia schmucks.Harry reid is a scumbag !
  • SavageS0ul 2012/08/07 02:08:11
    SavageS0ul
    +2
    NO! Stop with all this unnecessary technology, my gosh. Can it get much worse? The human race is becoming more & more lazy. We are letting ourselves B distracted from priorities & all the little enjoyable things in life, all because of this brain-washing, busy, high-tech clutter. Enough is enough. We can't let this stuff become excessive. All these gadgets are constantly being tossed like dirty diapers anywho, right after something new comes out, they're already working on something to replace it. Y waste ur money on that stuff?
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/08/06 21:40:47
  • suzyframe 2012/08/03 15:43:15
  • Don Leuty 2012/08/03 05:31:17
    Don Leuty
    +2
    Popular Technology is the Internet "industry" of Y2K. The novelty eventually wears off.
  • Frank 2012/08/02 20:36:51
    Frank
    +3
    It's all about attention and being spoiled or unattended by parents. Internet, ipods, texting, cameras, television, hasn't helped either......
  • DPRKworker 2012/08/01 07:54:50
    DPRKworker
    +5
    Facebook has just become completely out of touch with reality. Every time they make a change to the site it just becomes uglier and their changes and updates are supported by almost NONE of their user base. Also, the IPO was a completely overvalued disaster.
  • twhitin... DPRKworker 2012/08/01 17:06:28
    twhiting9275
    +3
    Your opinion != reality
    Granted many people feel the same way, but again, the same applies.
    Facebook has to keep up with the times, and set the standard as they always have done. Each change does this...
    Sure, you may not like their changes, a lot of people don't, but they continue to gain support, gain members, rather than lose them, so, like I said, your opinion there, not reality, at all.
  • DPRKworker twhitin... 2012/08/01 19:37:35
    DPRKworker
    +2
    So just because membership increases this automatically means the changes are "good?" In my opinion, a change that makes virtually your entire user base want to vomit (ie: the timeline) is a failure. If their users are increasing this is because almost everyone is already on there and there isn't really a viable alternative.

    Do you even know what happened with their IPO? They lost BILLIONS by making it way too high in the beginning. That was a pure failure, in an economic sense, in a business sense, in EVERY sense of the word. My guess is that you either have no idea how economics/the stock market works or that you had your head in the sand when even all the media covering said the offering was WAY too high.
  • twhitin... DPRKworker 2012/08/01 21:38:15
    twhiting9275
    +1
    Again, your opinion is not reality.

    Nobody said that membership increase means the change is good. If however the membership drops significantly, it's bad. Continuing along the same pace is NOT bad.

    As far as their IPO, that's what happens when you play with stocks. Too many people bought the stock and immediately panicked. That's not Facebook's fault. There's no way to "predict" that stuff.
  • dallasjoe DPRKworker 2012/08/11 22:11:12
    dallasjoe
    +1
    the IPO cost is set y the Brokage company they Screwd Up
  • DPRKworker dallasjoe 2012/08/12 02:11:25
    DPRKworker
    +2
    I know...I lost like $200 on it. And I thought that if anything would be secure it would be facebook...I guess there's no such thing as a sure thing.
  • dallasjoe DPRKworker 2012/08/12 07:28:26
    dallasjoe
    +2
    do not feel bad my sister who works for a Newspaer in Boston got wind of the I POD 6 mnths beore it was announced bought 10.000 shares of Apple t 1.25 a share it has spilt once 2 for 1 so she is a rich rhymes with twitch
  • Cognito22 2012/07/31 02:58:10
    Cognito22
    +4
    Hi diddly dee,
    It's a Geek's world for me!
  • Russian 2012/07/31 01:28:56
    Russian
    +2
    I use Zurker. They let me keep all my privacy and they don't sell nor give away my information. They do not track me everywhere i go either :D
    http://www.zurker.com/i-27394...
  • HarleyCharley 2012/07/31 01:21:17
    HarleyCharley
    +2
    damn....
  • Red Branch 2012/07/30 23:40:18
    Red Branch
    +2
    FB is failing.
  • twhitin... Red Branch 2012/08/01 17:13:40
    twhiting9275
    With 800+ million (active) users, which is 7x more than their closest competition (twitter), I think it's safe to say that they haven't got much to worry about there.
  • Red Branch twhitin... 2012/08/01 18:00:18
    Red Branch
    +2
    That is not what those that bought their stock are thinking as they watch the value fall.
  • twhitin... Red Branch 2012/08/01 18:15:06
    twhiting9275
    +1
    Well, of course, but then again, people who bought this stock from day one are not exactly the brightest bunch anyways. There was no question this was high priced. That DOESN'T mean that facebook is failing however. It just means that people made stupid decisions with their money.

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