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Google Graveyard: 17 failed Google projects, services and products

Anh Nguyen, Sam Shead and Bob Brown, Christina Mer | June 24, 2016
Here's what Google has killed since 2014

Like Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, Google has made room for new projects by ditching others. We explore Google's biggest failures including Google Glass, Google Waves and Picasa.

Here's a look at what Google has waved goodbye to so far.

1. Failed Google projects: Picasa

Failed Google projects: Picasa

Google bought Picasa in 2004 to enable users to organise their photos online. Now Google has retired Picasa to focus on Google Photos, a new (launched May 2015) photo sharing service. 

Google Photos centres on the cloud and mobile services and provides users with unlimited photo and video backup on the cloud and aims to incorporate its face recognition AI.

According to reports Picasa users shouldn't have much disruption as their existing photos in Picasa will appear automatically in Google Photos.

2. Failed Google projects: Search appliances

Failed Google projects: Search appliances
© Flickr/Andrew Beresford

Search appliances is an enterprise tool that acts as a server 'crawling' through company resources and data mimicking the search available on Google's online search engine. Google search appliances are also integrated with Google analytics and provide reports of company usage and effectiveness.

According to reports Google has retired its search appliances. Google search appliances won't be sold after 2017 but support for existing produces will remain for the next three years. 

A partner blog from Perficient claim Google have ended search application in favour of cloud based services.

Chad Johnson says: "Google has decided to sunset the hardware-based Google Search Appliance (GSA) and focus their engineering efforts on cloud-based solutions."

3. Failed Google projects: Google Helpouts

Failed Google projects: Google Helpouts
© Google

Launched in 2013, Google Helpouts enabled users to share their expertise via a live stream. The service was aimed to help people in real-time through their PCs or mobile devices. 

Google Helpouts issued users with a Helpout calendar that could be synced with Google Calendars with users being notified of video demos via test, email or calendar notification.

Google Helpouts was discontinued in April 2015.

4. Failed Google projects: Google Moderator

Failed Google projects: Google Moderator

Google Moderator was a feedback monitoring tool that allowed users to rank other users' questions and suggestions (a bit like Reddit).

In probably its most famous use, President Obama transition team used Google Moderator to hold a series called 'Open for Questions' in which President Obama and his team answered questions from the public, drawing in around 1 million votes and 10,000 questions. 

Google Moderator was shut down in June 2015 after failing to attract mass usage.

5. Failed Google projects: Engineering office in Russia

Failed Google projects: Engineering office in Russia
Image credit: Flickr/Yuri Syuganov


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