Google’s list of dead services; an infographic.

by: Nate SwannerJuly 2, 2013

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It’s July 2, 2013. Google Reader is shuttered, yet the world continues to spin. All of the consternation and folded-arm pouting about our favorite RSS reader couldn’t save it. In our new reality, plenty of great successors are here to take the king’s throne. News won’t stop, so why should we?

We’ve been here before with Google. Plenty of times. Just like Reader, each ‘closed service’ announcement brings out a vocal minority who want it saved. If you’ve ever wondered just how many services and such Google has pulled the rug from under over time, we’ve got you covered. Courtesy of Wordstream, we give you a ghoulish look at all the Google services that have had their lights turned off.

Some of them caused us to shrug, and others made us laugh just thinking about them. Some probably don’t really belong (I’ll argue that Talk is yet to be dead), and others make us wonder what Google was thinking. Google’s famed “20% time” is usually pretty awesome, but can clearly yield some nonsense as well. A lot of it was simply folded into other stuff, cobbled to make a bolder service better. Some services simply show a company finding itself, and losing some dead weight along the way.

Now that Reader tops the list, what’s your bet for which service is next? Rather, what do you hope is next? As for me, I’m hoping that “Google Mine” gets the axe, should it ever see the light of day.

Services Google has shuttered

  • Benjamin Pavel

    Google Wave was actually quite fun to use and had a potential to take over IM.
    Some components of it could be added to Google Hangouts tho.

  • JimAlaska

    I think the only one of those I actually used, was Google-Talk. There were a couple of others I intended to try, but never did. Too many toys, not enough time ;)

  • Stranger from a Far Coast

    Why is there no updates to Google Keep, Please tell me it’s not going on the death list any sooner. I can’t literally live without Google Keep.

  • Chris

    Zeitgeist is still working. There is even an Android app for it.

  • F4

    I’m using Google Dictionary DAILY as an Chrome extension. I just have to double click a (foreign) word I don’t understand and a text balloon pops up explaining the word.