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10 projects that Google should kill (images)

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We've decided to revisit Larry Dignan's controversial post on Google projects that ought to be killed. We've learned a lot from the talkbacks - most notably what's considered awful in one country may be very popular in other parts of the world.

Changed your mind at all? Any new projects to add? Remember this is an opinion and we welcome your feedback.

Google 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. 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.

Screenshots: Google

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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. Orkut apparently does have many fans around the world.

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Friend Connect: Build a real social network or go home. Google is still trying.

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Google Desktop: Can be handy, but mostly it’s a resource hog.

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Google Base: You’d be surprised to hear that’s still around (and in beta of course).

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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.

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Google Toolbar: Why? Toolbars suck—all of them.

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Google Latitude: A few folks seem to like it, but the product inflates the search giant’s creepiness factor.

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Google Pack: If we want a Google app we’ll download them individually.

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Photo Screensaver: This screensaver is part of Google Pack, but can be downright annoying.

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Picasa: One of our writers thought this should be included but got outvoted.

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Android: One reader had issues with the transparent android family.

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