9 Amazing Technologies That Flew Ahead Of Time,But Failed

#2 2003: Danger Hiptop

T-Mobile Sidekick, also known as Danger Hiptop, was released on October 1, 2002, the original Hiptop was unique compared to all other hardware versions. All the units, from the beginning, have featured "Menu", "Back", "Jump" and other keys accessible even when the unit was closed. The Hiptop also featured a speaker which is used for device sounds but not telephone. Along the top edge of the phone bezel is an infrared transceiver.

On October 2, 2009, Microsoft lost the ability to access user data for T-Mobile US Sidekick subscribers temporarily. Subscriber data loss included contacts, notes, calendars and photosAs a result of the outage, T-Mobile suspended sales of all Sidekicks and Sidekick Data Plans until the outage was resolved. Sales and new activations resumed on November 16, 2009.

#1 2003: Friendster

It was considered one of the original and even the "granddaddy" of social networks. The service allowed users to contact other members, maintain those contacts, and share online content and media with those contacts. The website was also used for dating and discovering new events, bands, and hobbies. Users could share videos, photos, messages and comments with other members via their profile and their network. The service became popular in Southeast Asia and is a major site in that region of the world.

Friendster is not dead but in 2011 it reinvented itself as a social gaming site that's hugely popular in Asia.

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