Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

Summary:Props to Google for ditching efforts that fall flat. But since we're housecleaning at Google, here are a few more projects that should be put out of their misery.

Google has killed off Wave despite initial buzz that the experiment was going to change communication. The problem: Wave just didn't garner much of a following.

Props to Google for ditching efforts that fall flat (Techmeme). But since we're housecleaning at Google, here are a few more projects that should be put out of their misery.

  • Buzz: Annoying and just not quite right. Like Wave, it had some early juice and then just sort of fell flat.
  • Orkut: AOL had Bebo. Google has Orkut. Perhaps, there's a following here, but at the risk of sounding downright anti-social I'd nuke Orkut too.
  • Friend Connect: Build a real social network or go home. Google is still trying.
  • Google Desktop: Can be handy, but mostly it's a resource hog.
  • Google Base: You'd be surprised to hear that's still around (and in beta of course).
  • Google Checkout: Is Checkout a mere distraction? It's a valid question considering there are other dominant payment forces out there like PayPal. Update: A few folks pointed out that Checkout is important to Google's mobile ambitions. Knol got a write-in vote to replace Checkout on the kill list.
  • Google Toolbar: Why? Toolbars suck---all of them.
  • Google Latitude: A few folks seem to like it, but the product inflates the search giant's creepine
    ss factor.
  • Google Pack: If we want a Google app we'll download them individually.
  • Photo Screensaver: This screensaver is part of Google Pack, but can be downright annoying.

Honorable mention: Picasa. Jason Hiner suggested this one and Sam Diaz and I shouted him down. Who's right?

Related: Google kills Wave and chance to reinvent online communications

Topics: Social Enterprise, Collaboration, Google


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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