The companies and individuals who bore the brunt of criticism in 2009 were:
- Most unfair scapegoat: U.S. telcos as anti-net-neutrality invaders or privacy and unfair business practitioners
- Google, which is destroying multiple industries so that they can be rebuilt for the digital age.
- Economic downturn – “we had a poor quarter, it was the economy (forget about our lack of strategy and vision)”
- Millennials – It is easy to blame this Internet-savvy group of young people for being bandwidth hogs, illegal downloaders and unreachable by advertisements, but they also got some more credit in 2009. They were, after all, the group that got their parents hooked on mobile social networking, online video viewing, Twitter and a host of other wireless trends.
Coming next: â€˜Deals’ that came back to haunt their deal-makers.
FYI: During the last three weeks of 2009 — a year to forget in many respects — we’ll roll-out our Best & Worst of 2009 lists with contributions not only from our editors, but also from our readers as well. See how we’ll remember 2009 HERE.
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