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terminator-2-sunglasses.jpgIn one of my previous posts, I outlined some Google services 10 Google Services That Get No Love 10 Google Services That Get No Love Read More that I felt were not getting enough loving. But then again, flipping the coin, there are some Google services that are so downright useless / defective/ crazy that you start to wonder what the folks at the Googleplex were smoking when they thought up the idea.

Here’s some Google services that need to be instantly terminated! Or at the very least given a seriously major overhaul. Google services you can’t Make Use Of.

1. Google Desktop

Everyone seems to love this feature and at one point I did too. But I uninstalled it three times because it was slowing my computer down to the point where it was being over-taken by a 56K modem! I couldn’t delete or rename files because Google Desktop had those files locked in some kind of “Desktop Indexer.exe” process. In short, Desktop forces you to slow down to its arthritic pace and everything else on your computer grinds to a halt as a result.

But what has really earned Desktop a place on my hit-list is that it forcibly installed itself on my PC yesterday when I downloaded a update to a DIVX audio codec. When I tried to uninstall it, it crashed my computer. Do we really need a Google product that forces its way onto our PC’s?

2. Google Bookmarks


The most useless and ill-thought-through feature on the Google toolbar. With all the competition from and StumbleUpon, you’d think Google would make more of an effort to spruce up their alternative. But what is there? A bookmarklet and some yellow stars. Wow-wee.

3. Web Accelerator

Let’s be completely honest – does this make any difference to your internet speed at all? Or is it just another piece of useless junk cluttering up your PC?

4. Web Comments

Totally unusable and unreadable. Enough said.

5. Google Browser Sync

Gained the distinction of making it onto Mozilla’s “problematic extensions” page with a recommendation it be uninstalled. Has the ability to slow Firefox down considerably.

6. Orkut

Last time I checked Orkut, it was as dead as Britney Spears’ come-back prospects. Does anyone actually use Orkut anymore? In the face of competition from places like Facebook, Orkut needs to be seriously overhauled or scrapped.

7. Web history

For a start, the privacy violation prospects are completely horrendous if this web history information fell into the wrong hands. Why do we need to know what we searched for 6 months ago? And why do we need to know that we accessed Gmail 35 times in one day? What possible use is this information to anyone – except to Google?

If we are going to make information like this available, why don’t we just hand over all our personal information now and save everyone some time?

8. Google Image Labeller

This is completely ridiculous. If someone has a photo of a dog with the name “dog.jpg”, how are you supposed to re-label that? And is it courteous of other people to take it upon themselves to re-label someone else’s images? Google describes this service as “fun”. I’d have more fun photocopying my butt.

9. Google Base

Memo to Google – rename this service “Google Spam” – contains the biggest load of useless information ever assembled on the internet. A viagra dealer’s dream.

10. Google Checkout

Once touted as the “Paypal Killer”, Checkout is now rife with user complaints that it is slow, confusing, payments are delayed, payments are even cancelled……plus you can’t use it for web subscriptions, only tangible goods. Where’s the logic in that?

Google should concentrate on what it’s good at – search. Leave online payments to those that are good at that. Concentrate on your niche.

Are there any more Google products that should be given the “Hasta La Vista” treatment? Tell us in the comments.

  1. joe
    September 14, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    nothing concerning googy is any good

  2. Ryan
    October 29, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    I just found out about Google Notebook, and I love it. I also use Gmail (of course?) and Picasa.

    I haven't used any of the previously mentioned -- maybe they should stop working on them so they can give me more features in the products I use. haha :D

    Wait, I actually installed Google Bookmarks because I wanted a spellchecker, but I hated the fact that I couldn't get rid of the search box -- I only want the spellchecker; time to find an add-on for IE7 (the only browser supported at my business).

    • Aibek
      October 29, 2007 at 3:22 pm


      We posted IE 7 round-up as well, check out 11 must have IE7 Addons.

      P.S. You will find spell checker there as well ;-)

  3. Megan Vaillancourt
    October 13, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Great features from Google. To bad Yahoo doesn't follow more of the tactics. Google Checkout is great just to bad they don't use monthly subscription, it would be much better if they could do monthly subscriptions.

  4. LGR
    October 11, 2007 at 12:28 am

    Google Brower Sync has saved me hours of work. Between computers at work, home and a laptop it is just nice to have everything there just as I left it. It might slow things down a little but it is worth it. As for the rest of the list you are right on the money.

  5. psoplayer
    October 3, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    I would agree with most of those, but then again I would disagree with a few things:

    I use Google Brower Sync between 5 or 6 different installations of Firefox among various dual-boot systems and a mobile version on my flash drive and it may not be perfect in every little way, but it sure does work like a charm as far as I'm concerned.
    True, Orkut is rather dead looking in the United States, but it's huge in other countries, especially in India and other technologically developing nations.
    While Google Checkout certainly isn't any kind of 'Paypal Killer', I have used it for many purchases and haven't experienced any delays or problems with it. I do use Paypal more and wouldn't miss Google Checkout much if it went away, but I have nothing against it.

    Thanks for speaking out though. I'm glad someone else has the courage to reveal Google Desktop for the piece of worthless software that it is.

  6. Deepak Kasliwal
    October 2, 2007 at 4:06 am

    very thoughtful. We cannot blame it on google though. After all they are doing their best to give us the best of services. If some get wronged then ........
    But very interesting and informative and though provoking

  7. mark
    October 1, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    @alexsupra : My, you're a charming soul aren't you? I need to be terminated?

    The views expressed are meant to provoke constructive debate and discussion. And for the record, I tested every one of the services that I subsequently criticised. The same as the Google services I tested, found to be good, and also wrote about for this website -

    If you don't like what I write then don't read my work!

  8. alexsupra
    October 1, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    i think that author of this article (freelance dummie) need to be terminated and thats all.
    p.s. more appropriate title of article is "i dont know how to use them thus they are bad" :)

  9. Aibek
    September 29, 2007 at 6:52 pm


    Delicious is more than just a bookmarking tool, it's also a discovery place. Just check out popular/hotlist sections, I am sure you'll find it interesting.

    I never found it slow, maybe it's only an issue with IE 7.

  10. Boogie
    September 29, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    I use Google Bookmarks all the time. It's very convenient way to access your bookmarks from anywhere. just doesn't cut it for me being slow and not being able to integrate with IE7 whereas Google Bookmarks come in the package with Google Toolbar. Overall it is a very useful tool.

  11. Luiz
    September 29, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Orkut is the worst service that Google has cast. IMHO, the orkut users' use it only for foolishes and idiocies. No one uses it for serious proposes. Unfortunately, here in Brazil, the service is very popular and will be popular for a long time.

    Well, this is my opinion. Sorry by bad temper. :)

  12. Olivia
    September 28, 2007 at 5:05 am

    @ Mark

    wasn't putting words in your mouth :) I actually meant you as in the plural form. it's just that you seemed to have no idea of how MANY people actually USE orkut. in Brazil, it gets to the point of scary ;)

  13. syahid ali
    September 28, 2007 at 4:52 am

    google image labeler is fun. the outcome will be bad if someone just mess up providing false description of images.

  14. Ramesh
    September 27, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Aibek check out the link below which supports “Orkut has got more pageviews than Facebook” .

  15. Google Tutor
    September 27, 2007 at 11:25 am

    I pretty much agree with your list Mark, too bad Google doesn't :( I know for sure we are going to be seeing a lot more of a few of those services for a long time to come.

  16. Ramesh
    September 27, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Google Desktop: I use it. I never felt that it's slowing down my system. I even use it to quickly launch programs just like launchy.

    Orkut: It's quite popular in India and Brazil. It has got more pageviews than Facebook. So why should google shut it down?

  17. Eric Martindale
    September 27, 2007 at 8:39 am

    Google Browser Sync has been indisposable to me. So many bookmarks... history... it's actually great. The only time I've been having problems is when I set up a new machine.

  18. Aibek
    September 27, 2007 at 8:32 am

    Hi Folks

    To avoid any confusion we changed:

    "Does anyone actually use Orkut anymore, apart from people in India?"


    "Does anyone actually use Orkut anymore ?"

  19. Aibek
    September 27, 2007 at 8:24 am

    @ Jt Hollister

    C'mon this was supposed to be funny. :-(

  20. Aibek
    September 27, 2007 at 12:52 pm


    "It has got more pageviews than Facebook" - Are you sure about that?. To my knowledge Facebook receives a lot more (maybe 10 times) traffic than Orkut. Check out Compete stats here.

  21. TallPaul
    September 27, 2007 at 12:52 am

    I'd add Google Page Creator to that list - I've no idea if it's any good for its intented use but it is a complete spammers' paradise. Give people free web space to play in and what do you think they're going to do with it? Upload ads for penis enlargement et al of course. What else did they expect?!

  22. Marco
    September 27, 2007 at 12:03 am

    Don't think the Image Labaler is useless..

    When tagging correctly, it improves the "Google Image Search"..

    In the example of the labeler page, you see a bird. If you're going to Google Images Search and you would search for "Bird", you're going to get the image since it's probably called "bird.jpg".

    When playing the "game" and tagging it with "Sky", you'll improve the Google image search..

    Taks a lot of time though...

  23. Jt Hollister
    September 26, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    "Does anyone actually use Orkut anymore, apart from people in India?"

    Man, that is one seriously fucked up comment.

  24. Joshua Jabin
    September 26, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    In defense of Web Accelerator, it does make quite a bit of difference when using dial-up. That's reason enough for it to continue to exist. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who didn't have dial-up, but if you do, it can be nice.

  25. Aibek
    September 26, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    I signed up with Orkut long before I got FaceBook and Myspace accounts. Since it was from Google I was expecting something awesome.

    Initially site was extremely slow, but I guess that's not an issue anymore. The main reasons that made me abandon it for good were an excessive amount of spam and lack of security against system manipulation. For instance, once an absolutely normal tech-focused community that I was a member of got renamed to 'HardCore Gay Bang'. I had no idea about this until one day I saw it on my profile. :-)

  26. mark
    September 26, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    @tiago : it was not my intention to offend anyone. If I have, I apologise. Sometimes I try to make a joke and it falls flat.

    @Olivia : I'm not suggesting that "Google only exists for me". All I was trying to point out was that compared to rival services, Orkut doesn't seem to be that popular overall and perhaps Google should consider giving it a workover. Don't put words in my mouth.

  27. Graham
    September 26, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Google checkout is better than paypal.

  28. Olivia
    September 26, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    hey, well, orkut is actually pretty popular in Brazil. actually, is the one social web community in Brazil, and it's how most people around here keep in touch using the internet. so I don't see why it should be terminated. actually, if it did terminate, it would be chaos! I'm not such a big fan of orkut, but it's useful when it has to be. the point of a social web community is having all your friends (and potencial friends) using it too, right? and everyone in Brazil uses it! there!

    try entering a community in portuguese or even a brazilian profile. now, THAT's not dead at all.

    sure, facebook is focused on something else instead and may appeal more to you and even most of the rest of the world. but if it worked in Brazil (and India, so, whatever), no reason why it should go. google doesn't exist only for you, right?

  29. tiago
    September 26, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    "...apart from people in India"? what, your country doesn't use it, so nuke it?

    and there's more US users than indian users. just check the demographics - which will show that people in Brazil use orkut a lot too. so much in fact that press media often quote orkut community conversations when covering local facts and run for scrapbooks when some kid has a tragic death.

    yeah, I got your point - orkut definitely needs a complete rework to be a good tool. but I think your reasons for proposing orkut termination are offensive.

  30. Sigmar
    September 26, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    I know where you're coming from. I had google toolbar (for a while) and was about to install it again until a little voice in my head whispered something to me !

    I have to say though that I do like a lot of other recent developments by Google.

    All in all, they're a fine bunch really. I guess you just use what you need and stay away from installing everything available.


  31. Volkan
    September 26, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I use Google Bookmarks all the time. It's much easier to bookmark a page with this tool than with either Delicious or StumbleUpon. It's also great to be able to bookmark with only one click--you know, like the way it was before Delicious came and made everyone do it in three steps?--and this feature is in fact being copied by Firefox 3.0 Gran Paradiso.

    Also, I find Web History very useful. It brings together my browser histories. So I don't have to remember the url, or whether I accessed it from work or from home. If I can remember a few keywords from the page, I can search for them with Web History.

  32. Aibek
    September 26, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    - Google Desktop surely consumes lots of memory although for people with 1 GB of new DDR2 RAM it may not be an issue.

    - USELESS: Image labeler, Web Accelerator, Google Checkout, Google Base, Orkut, Google Bookmarks, Web Comments

    - Web History is actually something I like but at the same time find really SCARY. If I were 100% sure that this won't ever used against me I would probably use it.

    Excellent post!

  33. adam
    September 26, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Mark, Google Desktop can use a bit of tweaking, but it's an AMAZING app. I use it frequently. Google Checkout is getting updated to include a mobile version soon. Google Base is just another craigslist, but I think they are planning on doing some integrating soon. Google Browser Sync is handy, but has competitors. Orkut is huge in other countries. The rest I don't and have never used, so, sure terminate those!

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