Google Answers is one of the oldest services at Google right now, however it never really gained traction over the years. Some wonder why it wasn't successful -- the answer? It was Googled.
I don't mean it was "Googled" as in "searched for", but "out-done by another company by making it better and free". Who Googled Google Answers? Yahoo! Google's service was launched in April of 2002 and had over 800 participants during its life.
On December 8th of 2005, Yahoo answered by launching their own "Yahoo Answers". They made it better and free. Does that sound familiar? The cost of Yahoo's service probably helped spur the viral effect that gave it some traction.
Just today, Google announced Google Answers will be closing by year's end. It turns out Google can be Googled.