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Blast from the Past- Predictions Look How Many Came True!

It was 1993

I don’t actually remember this series of ads by AT&T, but to look at them now is pretty cool.  So many of their predictions came true – from GPS, to Kindle and Skype.

The part that’s not cool, is while AT & T predicted them, AT& T owns none of them …

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Brandie is an unapologetically candid marketing professional who was recently mentioned on BusinessWeek as a Top Young Female Entrepreneur. She recently co-founded consulting firm MarketingTBD. She's held senior level positions with GE and Fidelity, as well as with entrepreneurial start-ups. Raised by a real estate Broker, Brandie is passionate about real estate and is an avid investor. Follow her on Twitter.

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Real Estate Feeds

    December 3, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Blast from the Past – Predictions (Look How Many Came True!):
    It was 1993
    I don’t actually remember this serie… https://bit.ly/8KCXrr

  2. Pat Hallesy

    December 3, 2009 at 10:44 am

    @agentgenius Blast from the Past – Predictions (Look How Many Came True!) https://bit.ly/7lRAfb

  3. realdiggity

    December 3, 2009 at 11:01 am

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  4. RealEstate Babble

    December 3, 2009 at 11:17 am

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  5. Matt Stigliano

    December 3, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Branie – I sat in amazement watching that. Crazy to think that was only 1993.

    • Matt Stigliano

      December 3, 2009 at 11:47 am

      D’oh! Please forgive me. That should read: BranDie

  6. BHG Real Estate

    December 3, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Blast from the Past Predictions (Look How Many Came True!) https://ow.ly/Ia3P

  7. AnneMarie Stephenson

    December 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    RT @BHGRealEstate: Blast from the Past Predictions (Look How Many Came True!) https://ow.ly/Ia3P

  8. Doug Francis

    December 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I do remember those ads. And I remember having a good connection to my AOL account in 1993 after I got the cool floppy disc in the mail.

    AT&T may not have those things… but they do have the iPhone. Now that is impressive.

    • Matt Stigliano

      December 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm

      Doug – Admit it, you had a Compuserve account before AOL, didn’t you? Haha. I did.

  9. Connect Realty

    December 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Crazy accurate predictions about the future from '93 AT&T ads. Crazier that they own none of the things they predicted- https://bit.ly/4sVMZF

  10. Brandie Young

    December 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Matt – Yeah, 93 doesn’t seem THAT long ago… And they were so dead bang on target!

  11. Brandie Young

    December 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Doug – Good point, AT&T did manage to corner the Iphone market (for a period) … but they didn’t seem to do too well in the innovation department, which is the point I believe they were trying to make in these commercials. It would be interesting to know where the ball was dropped.

  12. Doug Francis

    December 3, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    @Brandie The change really came with the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and what they saw in 1993 coming down the pike. AT&T had to re-focus their whole business direction.

    @Matt No Compuserve for me. I worked for a big corp in Boston where we had e-mail in the 1980’s and worked on a MiniVax providing content to 300+ CS people (I was the non-tech guy).

  13. TReXGlobal.com

    December 3, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    RT @agentgenius: NEW Blast from the Past – Predictions (Look How Many Came True!) https://bit.ly/8KCXrr

  14. Ben Goheen

    December 4, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Is Bill Mahr doing the voiceover? I graduated high school in ’93 and never would have imagined that my Ford Festiva (you can stop laughing any time now) would someday be able to have a GPS and satellite radio.

  15. Erin Golding

    December 4, 2009 at 11:13 am

    It’s Tom Selleck doing the voice over. I can’t believe we didn’t have GPS or OnDemand back in 93. Seems like those have been around forever. Good stuff Brandie! Thanks for bringing it back.

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