YouTube Wins Invention Of The Year

YouTube, the video-sharing Web site recently acquired by Google, beat out a vaccine that prevents a cancer-causing sexually transmitted disease and a shirt that simulates a hug to grab top honors as Time magazine’s “Invention of the Year for 2006.”

It’s been an interesting year in technology. Nintendo invented a video game you control with a magic wand. A new kind of car traveled 3,145 miles on a single gallon of gas. A robot learned to ride a bike. Somebody came up with a nanofabric umbrella that doesn’t stay wet. But only YouTube created a new way for millions of people to entertain, educate, shock, rock and grok one another on a scale we’ve never seen before. That’s why it’s Time’s Invention of the Year for 2006.

I’m sure Google and YouTube are very happy with this honor but I have to ask, is YouTube a better invention than a vaccine that can prevent cancer? I wonder how much politics plays in these awards? YouTube inherits the tiara from Snuppy, a cloned puppy and winner of the magazine’s 2005 award.

8 thoughts on “YouTube Wins Invention Of The Year”

  1. Nomar says:

    mmm…. i think the vaccinin for cancer deserves that price, or the car that made over 3000 miles with only 1 gas ballon…

    youtube are only movies…

    but congratz to google anyway

  2. Stian says:

    I really like reading your blog John, but are those IntelliTXT ads really worth it? They are one heck of an annoyance.

  3. Dave says:

    And in any event, what *exactly* did YouTube invent? Isn’t their video just macromedia and streaming combined. I thought these were long “invented”. I’d like to know more about what exactly they’re being credited with.

  4. Ian says:

    I second the IntelliTXT hate – it seems pretty much every day I mistakenly mouse over one and then have to close it because it obscured the text I was trying to read.

  5. Jeff O'Hara says:

    Only companies that sell for > 1.65b get invention of the year. All others are worthles.

    -Jeff O’Hara

  6. MacStansbury says:

    Wan’t YouTube was “invented” in 2005?

    Seems to me the invention of the year was Lazy Sunday.

  7. Andy says:

    Good point Mac – I guess they only count it when it gets Big

  8. Andy says:

    My personal choice would still be the Wii
    That console is absolutely awsome

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