Many users are becoming annoyed with all the stuff that Google has decided to shut down. They are creating new and innovative products and feel that holding on to past projects is simply not worth it. It is a shame considering they could be beneficial if they optimised and modernised what they had.
Let’s take a look at what Google has actually closed down since Larry Page took over as CEO last year.
- Google Buzz
- Google Wave
- Code Search
- Google Labs
- Google Bookmarks Lists
- Google Friend Connect (For non-blogs)
- Google Gears
- Google Search Timeline
- Realtime Search like on Twitter
- Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (REC)
- University Research Program for Google Search
API access was granted for university based developers to work with the API for search results. This could of allowed clever students to make some great new features for Google to use officially, but they took it off. This one was probably due to wanting to keep secrets from competitors.
- Google Health
- Slide (Super Poke Pets)
- Google Desktop
- Fast Flip
- Google Maps API for Flash
- Google Pack
- Google Web Security
- Google Message Continuity
- Subscribed Links
- Google Notebook
- Image Labeler
And of course, we have had some recent closures which are all big in the news right now all around the tech world.
This is The Google Mini, Google Talk Chatback, Google Video, iGoogle, and Google Symbian Search App.
I guess Larry Page has some fresh ideas, but all this change in just a year is rather incredible. It also makes us realise how many different Google products there are actually are…or were.
Is anything missing from the list?
Did you use any of these services and have you been affected by any closures by Google?