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im confused by your current tv commercial which states that the internet is the greatest invention of the 21st century??? i thoght the internet was developed in the 20th century !!??
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  • Thanks for taking the time to contact us regarding our new TV Advert.

    Cara (the character in our ad) is saying that the internet was the most important invention of the 21st century, in terms of impact and not that it was actually invented in the 21st century.

    We do believe this to be correct, but we also value your opinion on this, so I will definitely pass your comments onto our Advertising Team. It's always good to have customer feedback.

    Thanks again!
    • ".... (the character in our ad) is saying that the internet was the most important invention of the 21st century...."

      That is attrocious english my friend. You may say that 'the internet was one the most important inventions of the 20th century FOR THE 21st century.', but not 'the internet was one of the most important inventions of the 21st century' as that denotes origin, not influence.

      Just say these words, 'we were either mistaken or can not construct a proper sentence using the english langauge'. As, you can say all you want about what you meant, but that is equivalent to me saying I'll meet you at 6pm when I really mean 5pm. I knew what I meant so why weren't you there at the right time? Just say you are wrong.

      It was a marketing ploy.
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  • confused.com do you realise that you are wrong yet? You are definitely incorrect in that statement in your advert & you have followed it up by a further incorrect statement rather than admitting to a mistake in the advert. Hardly inspires confidence in your service, does it?
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  • Thanks again for the feedback about the new advert; as promised, your comments were passed to our Advertising Team yesterday. I'll also pass on your additional feedback to them for review.
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  • I’m unsure
    Your new confused.com advert is trying to confuse people! It states that the internet is the most important invention of the 21st century. It was created in the 1960's - 20th century, and became a heavily used public tool in the 1990's - still 20th century.
    I think that the researchers should have done some research really.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
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  • I’m confused
    Absolutely agree, invention stated in a century, means it was invented in *that* century.

    It should have been the most "important* technology or something similar.

    Just a few descriptions for the word invention.

    -the act of inventing.
    -anything invented or devised.
    -the power or faculty of inventing, devising, or originating.
    -an act or instance of creating or producing by exercise of the imagination, esp. in art, music, etc.

    Nothing here describes the internet being invented in the 21st century, this was conceived, invented, devised, created... I could go on in the 20th century. My guess your advertising researchers are no older than 22 - 23. They have no concept of time before 2000 or what happened before that time or even bothered to research properly. So please get someone to do their job.

    Confused, you are confusing. Not a good start for a company who are supposed to be excellent at information gathering.

    Insurance for house and car is up, guess who I won't be using? Wouldn't want get a wrong quote.

    Later.
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  • There is nothing worse, in my opinion, than any company, or organisation, that has got something fundamentally wrong, then trying to put 'spin' on the reality of that error. Any company that cannot admit such a simple and obvious mistake is entirely untrustworthy and undeserving of my future business.

    It would have been far better to admit that your comany got it wrong. Then we could all forget it and move on.
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  • I’m unamused
    >Cara (the character in our ad) is saying that the internet was the most important invention of the 21st century, in terms of impact and not that it was actually invented in the 21st century

    I can see how the internet is an invention that is important in the 21st century even though invented earlier but you would need to elaborate on how it is the 'most' important.

    Please give the arguments for its importance vs language, numeracy, agriculture, the wheel, medication, sanitation, art and music, democracy, law, the production and use of electricity, the internal combustion engine, radio and television

    Also the 21st century has some 89 years to go in which something more important could be invented.
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  • Andy's comment is spot on - Confused's advert is just absurd!

    Just admit that you're WRONG!
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  • I am also very annoyed with this advert, how can something like this get aired with such an obvious error?? The character in the ad clearly says "...most important invention OF the 21st century" implying that the internet was invented this century, which obviously we know it was not.

    And your reply is just laughable, for us to believe that you meant the internet is the most important invention we USE in the 21st century, are you serious? Just 1 for instance is electricity, as without this, there would be no computers, and no internet.

    Get your advert sorted, admit your mistake, and sack your advertising team.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Couldn't agree more plus if you look up the word "Invention" there are many definitions:

    - Something that is invented
    - (Law) Patent law the discovery or production of some new or improved process or machine that is both useful and is not obvious to persons skilled in the particular field.
    - A discovery; a finding.

    Saying "invention of the 21st century" implies that was the period it was invented.

    Your justification (excuse) is rather poor in my opinion. This is just as bad as your other advert where Cara says "I've no idea whats going on inside my laptop, but I know how to drive it. So for car insurance I drive it down to confused.com" YOU CAN'T DRIVE A LAPTOP!

    Get your facts and grammar right please, cause this isn't professional or clever marketing at all! I would rather use your competitors who may have annoying adverts but are factually correct.
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  • Let's accept your logic at face value and assume you aren't being totally disingenuous, and that the internet, invented in another century, is somehow the most important invention in the way it will affect humanity in the 21st century. That means that the internet beats out all other inventions throughout this history of mankind... language, alphabet, the wheel, fire, agriculture, mathematics, clothing, money, you get the idea. It's a challenge to decide which is worse: the advertisement at face value, or your fatuous excuse.
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