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Earlier this month, we had to say goodbye to Google Reader Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader is dead. By July the Internet's premier RSS service is shutting down forever, leaving users to find a replacement on their own. If you're looking for an equivalent to Google these are just... Read More , a much-loved RSS reader. Whenever Google kills one of their products, disappointment inevitably spreads across the Internet. Over the years, Google have axed many of their projects like Google Buzz, Google Wave, and Aardvark; just to name a few. Search marketing company WordStream put together this infograph depicted the various products that failed, in Google’s eyes.

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  1. Choon K
    July 20, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Google Scribe too, it was my assignment tool, and now it's gone :/

  2. Jarrett H
    July 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I think it would be interesting to look at the reasoning some of these were killed. Google Video became redundant after Youtube was purchased, so no surprise there that they kept the better known property. Some, like Talk, were integrated with other initiatives and renamed, or like Picnik, which was most likely integrated with Picasa. Some were obviously under-performers, so why waste resources on projects that don't get used to it's fullest potential or are just money pits with no return. Even Yahoo and Microsoft have done this over the years. Of course, some of these could simply be bad choices, which others have done in the past as well, including purchasing them in the first place.

  3. prashanth
    July 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

    death rate is more than birth rate ?

  4. Sam Mehta
    July 17, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Google's many service has no point and not user friendly so no wonder now they are killing all those service that has no practical use,especially in today's world with so much competition.If they really want their service popular then they should make it easier for everyone including for those who doesn't have so much knowledge about computer and internet..How come google can't get it?

    July 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm


  6. Leah C
    July 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I didn't know they discontinued Google Labs. Shows how much I used it.

  7. Saikat Basu
    July 15, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Well, I can assume that it's freeing up a lot of their servers. It's a part and parcel of the web game. We should get used to the fact that no service is permanent and could be either shut down or taken over.

    • dragonmouth
      July 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      "I can assume that it’s freeing up a lot of their servers"
      Yeah, it needs the room to store all the customer data it is collecting for the government.

  8. Robert T
    July 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    i really miss google information i think it was called goog411, it was free, would connect u to ur number and send u a txt with the number and address. later i found out that the only reason they ran was to get a voice print of "everybody asking for everything" to improve the voice commands for android

  9. R.s. H
    July 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Google also killed their Android App Inventor, shame. At least they where kind enough to give that one away to MIT. We will see it rise up again!!

  10. Ashwin D
    July 14, 2013 at 9:08 am

    We Hope Google Doesnt Take out the good ones or they'll be done for.

  11. Dandu Rajeev
    July 14, 2013 at 6:34 am

    That's wonderful information about Google and it's products! Thanks a lot for giving this information.

  12. TBebe
    July 14, 2013 at 4:40 am

    Google also stopped their Google Desktop last year

  13. Bilal A
    July 13, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Google is going to kill latitude next.

  14. Jacob W
    July 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    iGoogle is dying? Now to hipster it up and use it as much as I can and then troll on the forums when it goes.

    Google does have a history of killing thinks that I liked such as my first email address with them, especially annoying as that was tied to all of my online accounts and it was closed a day before I was old enough to reclaim it and I still use that username on my personal email address now. I believe it was also their fault that my favourite social network 'The Fridge' ( was closed... more reasons to hate Google+.

  15. David Ross
    July 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    While not a separate application, at least one thing was dropped from the search engine: US aircraft registration look up. For example, if I entered the registration N159GA I would be told who owned the aircraft.

  16. Ray Herring
    July 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    You forgot to include 'Google Video', it was googles answer to a online video service to compete against the likes of Youtube if i recall.

    Then Google went ahead and bought youtube, ran both services side-by-side for a while then proceeded to kill off Google Video.

  17. Chuck P
    July 13, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I am going to miss iGoogle, I loved my landing page.

  18. Vnay T
    July 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    They've got too much to invest that they ended up investing it in these holy crap..

  19. Mr. Qwertypops
    July 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    You forgot to include privacy...

    • 007
      July 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      hahah good one

    • Jackson Chung
      July 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

      Quite true, although it wasn't theirs to kill.

  20. Sudip
    July 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Really Google did a lot of things. lolzz.

  21. Dan
    July 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    And now, as of August 9th, Google Latitude is being "retired."

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