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

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.

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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 creepiness 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

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  • WAW.

    Never read such a bad article on ZDNet. No justifications through affirmations. Next time please just save us from your poor subjectivity about Google services.
    fwed
    • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

      @fwed

      Lighten up already, a straight kick in the butt is almost always a good idea. If I were Google I'd say thank you and address the mentioned projects as critical as possible.
      dsalageanu
      • ah, you wanted professional journalism?

        DONT READ BLOGSITES
        its that easy
        Dum0nt
    • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

      @fwed - Generally agree...

      Google Base is useful for those wanting to index their products to Google's shopping search. Why remove it unless there's something better?
      klockheed
    • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

      @fwed I agree. Never read a bad article on ZDNet
      vansree
    • Larry is usually on the mark! But... way off here!

      @fwed Someone with brains speaks up. Thanks!<br>1. No one is forced to use any of these products. I have many friends using Orkut in South America. It's one of Google's longest running betas. Longer than gmail! ......and it just plain WORKS! So strike that argument in 5 milliseconds or less Larry, because half the World uses it! lol... (maybe not in your World of MSN Messenger)<br><br>2. Every Photo Screen Saver can be downright annoying (including M$'s) and it really makes no sense to run a heavy duty process when you're not using your computer. But you have a choice as with all of these on Larry's/your asinine list. Unless..... you're into that sort of thing or YOU do what I do which I pipe my Desktop to my 65" HDTV with monitor off. Then when commercials come up (up to 6 in row these days) I simply click on a remote button that switches my Screen feed to my PC Screensaver slide show w/ music no less (putting the cable feed in a PIP in a tiny box). No harm no foul. With Google Screen Saver (choice is #1) so you can even stream web feeds off your Picasa account (that's IF you're not as close minded as YOU/Larry). You can actually stream most anything, including FLASH content....haha. I have a Box.net account and store FLASH videos and music there. They can also be streamed into a Google Screensaver App! Larry, better hunt for better reasons to hate Google and Adobe!!!<br><br>3. I just love BUZZ and it's getting better all the time. Google just got some new acquisitions that are going to make BUZZ even BETTER than FACEBOOK! (remember you fools here too, you do have a choice. If you actually have a gmail account and use it. Which Larry doesn't). So come on Larry just admit YOU HATE GOOGLE, BECAUSE YOU LOVE Microsoft and Facebook soooooo..... VERY MUCH! (yes we all know M$ and Facebook have a Strategic Alliance)<br><a href="http://www.facebook.com/press/releases.php?p=8084" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.facebook.com/press/releases.php?p=8084</a><br><br>4. You must run a dinosaur of a computer without Microsoft's (errr... Google's) Sidebar running in Windows 7! lol.... I'll keep my widgets and sidebars in both Windows 7 and Linux, thank you! For YOU..... hey buddy you've always got a choice to live in poverty on your wank powered PC... Larry!<br><br>5. Check Out.. huh? How dare you threaten one of my favorite new features. That will never happen FOOL! ...it's how they pay me into my separate bank account deposit on my YouTube AdSense and how we who are not all wigged out and freaky pay for many things on the web now just as securely as PayPal. Including extra Google Voice features. YOU NEED To SERIOUSLY GET A FREAKING LIFE ASIDE FROM HATING ON GOOGLE..... LARRY! ....AND I'M SERIOUS HERE. This is all just so much, just a ridiculous Google HATE Story. GROW UP!<br><br>btw... I could go on, but why waste my time. I respect most of what you post... Larry, but your Google and Adobe HATE are just plain Asinine and pathetic!!!
      i2fun
      • Just as secure as PayPal

        @i2fun@...

        Now that was funny.
        Bruizer
      • Re: Larry is usually on the mark! But... way off here!

        @i2fun@...
        Lol! That was funny, especially towards the end where you whinge like a 5-year old not getting his way:
        "YOU NEED To SERIOUSLY GET A FREAKING LIFE ASIDE FROM HATING ON GOOGLE..... LARRY! ....AND I'M SERIOUS HERE. This is all just so much, just a ridiculous Google HATE Story. GROW UP!"
        Waaaa!! Hehe!
        Sure, the story is silly filler, that is pretty much what I expect from these blogs. They have so much space to fill on a deadline.
        And the concept of a wank-powered PC is interesting, I expect your average teen boy could power the whole house that way.
        But seriously, how old are you?
        msandersen
      • Hey Larry? It's Moe (msandersen), now where's Curly?

        @msandersen Yeah I know you and your two stooge brothers, that's how old I am. You guys were funny losers back in the day. haha.... Now you're all just LOSERS! :D

        Come on loser throw some more ignorance & hate my way, I love it. But we know who YOU really love..... lol You're the CrAppleTastic Stevie (Jobs) Wonder Shoe Shine Boy!

        btw if any of you idiots actually use your Credit Cards on line.... do I have a Magical Special Deal for YOU. Seriously though.... I've not lost a penny using Google Check Out since it came out buying/spending $$$1000's$$$ (YouTube Adsense Income haha) of things from sites such as Buy.com, TigerDirect.com, etc and I've saved a ton w/discounts, at that. While you morons pay full price and go around handing your credit info to 50 sites and trust them all. How foolish is that? haha..... and YOU msandersen actually Trust CrApple iTunes and Safari Browser (Apple PDF Reader lol) with any information about YOU?.... A Complete FOOL! ;)

        http://thenextweb.com/apple/2010/07/06/apple-addresses-another-problem-provides-unrelated-fix/
        i2fun
      • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

        @i2fun@...
        Google fanboys are so silly. Give them all your info. Bank account, Buying habits, Buzz them your every move for tracking... The same company that can't keep spyware out of 50% of the search results, (what the company is best known for), you'd let them run your life?
        Most of what they offer is duplicated/redundant on everyone's system so there isn't even a need for argument.
        You must like going to Super Wal-Mart as well. It is all that 1-stop shopping. Milk, Chips, bag of tube socks, get the oil changed in the Tercel, and get new eye glasses VS Online Shopping, Buzz about what you did after lunch, listen to NPR podcast, Watch a 47" picture of monkeys at the zoo scrolling by on the TV, and reading a Google hating blog all from your recliner.... hmmm... that does sound nice.
        dbisse
      • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

        @dbisse@...
        I'm no die hard Google fan, but they do just as well at keeping spyware out of their search results as anybody else, and better than most. Of course, search is the only thing I use Google for.
        CFWhitman
    • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

      look look http://www.bizboysell.com
      itkonlyyou217
    • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

      look look http://www.bizboysell.com
      itkonlyyou217
    • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

      @fwed I agree with author Google has too many incomplete projects. The only successful product is search and Google ads everything else is just fueling them or not popular. And I must say that google is already in danger, its search results are already disappointing, it takes me a lot of time to find what I am looking for. Rich Content web sites are not search-able at all, so I don;t use google for a number of purposes anymore. Search spam floods search results.
      Being web site developer I don;t see any value in maintaining my web sites structure convenient for indexing by Google, I already don;t see any value in being index-able at all. I'll better build 100% Flash or SilverLight web site and use regular means of marketing, instead of wasting my time on compliance to Google requirements. HTML is obsolete technology, and Google would obsolete pretty soon as well. They would end up as a school library search engine...
      Nikolayev
  • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

    Eh, gotta have a "light" opinion article every once in a while... cant all be in-depth stuff... and Picasa's good, I say keep it.
    Wodenhelm
    • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

      @Wodenhelm I agree, PICASA IS FANTASTIC.
      lelandhendrix
  • Seriously...

    Picasa, latitude, checkout rock. Personally, I love having all my photos accessible from any desktop. I dont use latitude with a lot if people, but my family is an Android family and when we are traveling it is nice to check in with eachother. For example, my wife found me a hotel from home while I was driving using latitude. And being able to buy stuff easily just using my google id its incredibly easy.
    jivester
    • information

      @jivester
      and you probably also love google collecting all that sensible personal information about you and your family to sell it to the highest bider? the transparent android family: google's wet dream.
      banned from zdnet
      • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

        @banned from zdnet
        I got no problem with it. Should I?
        Badge3832
      • RE: Now Wave is dead, here are 10 more projects Google should kill

        @banned from zdnet

        Who cares? They use that data to make my life better. Not as if any of the data they gather is very sensitive. For that matter I can't think of any data so sensitive that I'd really care about them gathering.

        I guess so long as they aren't selling my passwords and credit card numbers I don't care.
        MikeFM