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A recent comic tweet on Twitter was: “iPhone > Android > Land line > Typewriter > 2 cans with a string > Message in a bottle > Pigeon with a note taped to it > Blackberry”

It prompted a friend to say, “It’s sad, because Blackberry was the original leader in the industry. I had one of the original Blackberry text pagers, when all other pagers were just using numbers.”

It has actually been happening more often in recent years to companies that fail to innovate or maintain a cutting edge. In graphic arts and desktop publishing, it is QuarkXPress. It was once untouchable and the gold standard for graphic designers and publishers. Now, Adobe InDesign has surpassed QuarkXPress and taken the lead. I doubt Quark will ever reach more than a corner of its former market, if it continues to survive.

And, with a real sense of personal loss because of memories I have of using Kodak products over the years, I think of Kodak filing for bankruptcy this past week. Again, its longtime business has been overtaken by new technology.

I remember in 2002 there was a book, Love, Greg & Lauren, written by the husband whose wife was terribly burned at the WTC. He frequently mentioned how he was sitting at her hospital bedside writing long emails about her condition to family and friends on his Blackberry. (The compilation of all those emails was the basis of the book.) At the time, it was the first I had even heard of Blackberrys.

Now, in 2012, the Blackberry appears to be on the wane, even among businesses that have been the largest portion of its users.


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