When Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion it set us wondering how things may have been different if certain websites or apps had been either created by other people or bought before they matured. We hoped this would be worthy of a serious and invigorating discussion amongst the MakeUseOf readership. We were wrong.
Google, And Not Much Else
We asked you, What Website Or App Do You Wish You’d Created? The response to this question was extremely disappointing. Not only was the number of replies low, but the quality was also lacking. Just a few of you nailed it, answering the question actually posed, but the rest of you completely failed to understand what was being asked.
We wanted to find out what existing website or app you wish you had created. The “existing” part of the question being the crucial element. Instead, several people took the time out to tell us all about an app they want to create themselves from scratch. Which is all very interesting, but not what we were aiming for on this particular occasion.
This means we’re left with little to work with when trying to draw conclusions from the discussion. Two people offered up “Google” as their response to the question, which qualifies it as the default answer and gives it pride of place in the title of this article. Neither offered any kind of explanation as to why they wish they had created Google. Which is a shame. But then I also wish I had created Google, so I cannot argue with the logic.
The only other serious responses offered Steam and Evernote as websites or apps the commenters wish they had created. And both are indeed fantastic properties that anyone in their right mind would be proud to own.
Of the people who completely misunderstood the question, one wants to create an app that helps farmers determine what the weather is like. I think, but please do correct me if I’m wrong on this, that something similar already exists, with multiple weather apps and weather websites on offer. Or you could, if you prefer, suggest the farmers stick their heads out of the window and see what the weather is like for themselves.
Comment Of The Week
We received several good comments, including those from Tom W and Khashayar Sahebkar. Comment Of The Week goes to Kevin, who wins a T-shirt for this comment:
Steam. I love having all those games at the tap of a mouse. If I’d invented it, I would have included emulators for all the old consoles and pc’s and complete libraries of games for them all (including 100% controller support and classic 2 player games would only require one purchase and both players could play on the same pc).
We chose this comment because it was the most interesting response to the question. And, crucially, it actually answered the question posed and not some other imaginary question that people think deserved answering but which was never actually asked.
Steam has revolutionized the PC games market, providing a solid and dependable online repository of digital titles PC gamers can purchase quickly and easily. So we don’t blame the commenter for wishing he had created it. His plan to include emulators may have caused legal issues though.
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