10. Google Wave
9. Twitter's Early Bird
Overall, it was a great year for Twitter. But it did have one big faceplant -- Early Bird, it's attempt at daily deals. Twitter gave Early Bird a go for a few months but decided it wasn't working so it pulled the plug
8. Google TV
The early reviews of Google TV aren't good
. It appears to be complicated and unnecessary. Maybe next year Google gets it right?
5. The Crunchpad/JooJoo
TechCrunch's Michael Arrington had a good idea -- make a dead simple web surfing tablet
for under $250. Execution wasn't as good (or simple) as the idea. The Crunchpad struggled to make it to market. When it was finally ready this year, Arrington and his partner Fusion Garage blew up at each other, and it went to court
The CrunchPad became the JooJoo, selling for $600 AFTER Apple announced the iPad. Needless to say, the JooJoo was not a hot seller, and Fusion Garage is trying to figure out plan b.
4. It's "Y!ou"
Yahoo burned $100 million on an ad campaign to get people visiting (and staying with) Yahoo. It hasn't worked
. Yahoo technically started the campaign at the end of 2009, but it was in 2010 that we saw how little impact it really had
. And arguably, the "It's Y!ou" is a metaphor for all the struggles Yahoo has had in 2010. After all, private equity is circling the company thinking about taking it private
3. Google Buzz
Google took another stab at making a social network. And yet again it flamed out
with little impact. Google Buzz did nothing to make the company more "social."
2. The HP Slate 500
Oof. Just days before Steve Jobs introduced the iPad, Steve Ballmer stood on stage at CES proudly showing off a few tablets
. We have yet to see a single one in the wild. The HP Slate, which was played up more than any of the others was recently released as an enterprise-only tablet
, an admission that it would never challenge the iPad.
1. Microsoft's Kin Phones
This is a historic flop. Microsoft spent $500 million
to acquire Danger, the mobile company behind the Sidekick. Most of the team defected, but those that stuck around were helping with the Kin phones, which launched on April 12
. Just 79 days later Microsoft pulled the plug on the phones
. On the plus side, at least Microsoft didn't continue flushing money down the toilet on the Kin. It knew when to say when.