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BLOG: When bad tech ideas don't fail

Mike Elgan | June 11, 2012
The world of technology and startups generates some amazingly brilliant ideas. But it also produces some amazingly bad ones. If only they would fail earlier, faster and more often.

FactMeme

FactMeme is for typing in random statements of fact, which are then voted up or down by users, as on Reddit. Unlike Reddit, however, FactMeme is all about information nobody gives a rat's hiny about. For example: "Malden is a village in Bureau County, Illinois, United States." (No, really. That's a typical "fact" on FactMeme.) The problem FactMeme tries to solve is that we don't have enough useless information in our lives. Wrong problem!

CHKIN.at

CHKIN.at is like FourSquare. But instead of checking in at physical locations, you check in at websites, as in "I just checked in to DullMensClub.com! Nobody cares, people!

I Just Made Love

I Just Made Love is exactly what it sounds like, unfortunately. It's a mobile app (for both iOS and Android) that lets you announce your every sexual encounter to the world, including location generally (it places the event on a map for all to see) and location specifically (in a car, boat, house or wherever). You can even choose from a menu of "love positions." Worst of all, it enables users to keep track of how many "entries" they've made in the app. Instead, how about an app called "I Just Downloaded a Horrible App!"?

The world of technology and startups generates some amazingly brilliant ideas. But it also produces some amazingly bad ones. If only they would fail earlier, faster and more often.

 

 

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