Death by year
☠ Google dead products in 2012
⏳ Product Lifespan 😓Near Death
Sparrow

Sparrow

email client for mac

2011 - 2012

why dead?

Google killed sparrow in favour of Google Inbox.

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Code Search

Code Search

code search engine

2006 - 2012

why dead?

Google announced that Code Search was to be shut down along with the Code Search API. The service remained online until March 2013,and it now returns a 404.

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Urchin

Urchin

web analytics program

2005 - 2012

why dead?

Urchin Software product has been completely overshadowed by its tremendously popular offspring (Google Analytics)

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Google Jaiku

Google Jaiku

micro-blogging service

2007 - 2012

why dead?

Google Jaiku was shut down as the company wanted to focus on Google+ and also Jaiku didn’t manage enough traction.

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Picnik

Picnik

online photo editing

2010 - 2012

why dead?

It was discontinued and an app with the same tools was added to Google+. It is called as the Creative Kit.

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Knol

Knol

user-written reference site

2008 - 2012

why dead?

Google phased out Knol in favour of Annotum. The project was closed on April 30, 2012, and all content was deleted by October 1, 2012.

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Google Health

Google Health

personal health record

2008 - 2012

why dead?

Google stated that they were discontinuing Google Health because it did not have as broad impact as had been expected.

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Google Video

Google Video

video hosting service

2005 - 2012

why dead?

The video hosting service was ultimately shut down on August 20, 2012 and the remaining Google Video content was automatically migrated to YouTube.

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Google Wave

Google Wave

real-time collab app

2010 - 2012

why dead?

Google Wave was discontinued because there just weren’t enough active users. The IP was later transferred to Apache when the development was discontinued.

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GTalk Chatback

GTalk Chatback

Widget

2008 - 2012

why dead?

“Google Talk Chatback allowed websites to embed a Google Talk widget so that they could engage with their visitors. It’s now outdated, so we’re turning off Chatback and encouraging websites to use the Meebo bar.”

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Google Chart API

Google Chart API

Chart image generator

2007 - 2012

why dead?

Google deprecated the API in 2012 with guaranteed availability until April 2015. Google now reserves the right to turn it off without notice. Google recommends the successor service Google Charts.

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Google Sky Map

Google Sky Map

a planetarium app

2010 - 2012

why dead?

Sky Map was designed and developed by a group of Google engineers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as part of their 20% time. It’s now “donated and open-sourced”.

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