These Predictions for 2010 Were Way Off

They said iPads wouldn't make it, but Google Wave would
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 24, 2010 1:34 PM CST
In this Jan. 27, 2010 file photo, the iPad is shown after it was unveiled at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(Newser) – The media gave us plenty of predictions for 2010, and plenty of them simply didn’t come true. AOL News lists some of the most glaring:

  • Job growth will begin again. Newsweek predicted it unemployment would fall “below 9%,” but it was never less than 9.5%.
  • Republicans won’t storm the midterms. The National Review foresaw “good, though not great, gains.” The GOP won 63 House seats.

  • Twitter will fizzle. Tell that to the 100 million new users this year, CNBC.
  • We’ll start riding Google Wave. Or so thought CNN. Google shut it down within a year of its debut.
  • Netbooks will be hot. CNBC was wrong here, too: sales sunk.
  • The iPad won’t sell. More than 4 million buyers proved incorrect.
  • Americans will use mobile devices like credit cards. So said Swiped your smartphone lately?

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