A total of 44 products have been sent into oblivion ☠
Google+

Google+

social networking site

2011 - 2018

why dead?

In October 2018, Google announced that it was shutting down Google+ for consumers, citing low user engagement and a software error.

goo.gl

goo.gl

URL shortening service

2009 - 2018

why dead?

The service no longer accepts new users since April 13, 2018 and will discontinue the service for existing users on March 30, 2019. After March 30, 2019, all links will continue to redirect to the intended destination.

Google Spaces

Google Spaces

app for group discussions

2016 - 2017

why dead?

Google’s traditional Spring cleaning — and with it maybe the company is showing it can be a little more focused on its messaging strategy.

Google Talk

Google Talk

instant messaging service

2005 - 2017

why dead?

Google announced its decision to discontinue Google Talk. Instead, users are being advised to start using the Hangouts app.

Project Ara

Project Ara

modular smartphone project

2014 - 2016

why dead?

Google has “suspended” work on Project Ara. The decision is said to be part of an effort to unify Google’s hardware development under former Motorola president Rick Osterloh.

Panoramio

Panoramio

geo-located photo sharing

2005 - 2016

why dead?

On September 16, 2014, it was announced that Google intended to close Panoramio and migrate it to Google Maps Views.

Google Code

Google Code

project hosting service

2006-2016

why dead?

Google Code offered a free collaborative development environment for open source projects. Projects hosted on Google Code remain available in the Google Code Archive.

Picasa

Picasa

online photo-sharing tool

2002 - 2016

why dead?

Google stated that the primary reason for retiring Picasa was that it wanted to focus its efforts “entirely on a single photos service” the cross-platform, web-based Google Photos.

Google Moderator

Google Moderator

Issue tracking system

2008 - 2015

why dead?

Google Moderator was shut down on 2015 because the usage did not match Google’s expectations. The site remained available as read-only until August 15, 2015, at which time it closed completely.

Helpouts by Google

Helpouts by Google

online collaboration service

2013 - 2015

why dead?

On April 20, 2015, Google officially shut down Helpouts stating that the service hadn’t, “grown at the pace we had expected.”

Google Catalogs

Google Catalogs

shopping app for tablets

2011 - 2015

why dead?

Google catalogs officially shut down on August 4, 2015. The announcement comes a little less than two years after the mobile app was retired. No reason was given.

Orkut

Orkut

social networking website

2004 - 2014

why dead?

Over the past decade, growth of Facebook, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have outpaced Orkut’s. Google decided to bid Orkut farewell and shut it down.

Building Maker

Building Maker

3d buildings maker

2009 - 2013

why dead?

On 13 March 2013 Google announced that the Building Maker application would be retired on 1 June 2013; the cancellation became effective on 4 June.

Google Latitude

Google Latitude

social location service

2009 - 2013

why dead?

It was discontinued on August 9, 2013. After the feature moved to Google+ in between, Google incorporated Latitude’s location sharing feature into Google Maps

Google Checkout

Google Checkout

payment processing service

2006 - 2013

why dead?

It was discontinued on November 20, 2013 and the service moved to Google Wallet.

iGoogle

iGoogle

personalised home page

2005 - 2013

why dead?

Google announced that, it would retire iGoogle due to “the unforeseen evolution of web and mobile apps and the erosion of the need for the site.”

Google Reader

Google Reader

RSS/Atom feed aggregator

2005 - 2013

why dead?

Google announced they were discontinuing Google Reader, stating the product had a loyal but declining following, and they wanted to focus on fewer products.

Sparrow

Sparrow

email client for mac

2011 - 2012

why dead?

Google killed sparrow in favour of Google Inbox.

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.

Urchin

Urchin

web analytics program

2005 - 2012

why dead?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Google Fast Flip

Google Fast Flip

online news aggregator

2009 - 2011

why dead?

Google did not specify any reason to discontinue it.

Sidewiki

Sidewiki

web annotation tool

2009 - 2011

why dead?

In September 2011, Google announced it would discontinue a number of its products, including Google Sidewiki through their ”second spring cleanup”

Google Desktop

Google Desktop

desktop search app

2004 - 2011

why dead?

“People now have instant access to their data, whether online or offline. As this was the goal of Google Desktop, the product will be discontinued”

Google Labs

Google Labs

google's playground

2006 - 2011

why dead?

In July 2011, Google announced that it was discontinuing Google Labs. Many of the experiments have been discontinued although a few have moved to the main search pages.

Google Dictionary

Google Dictionary

web-based dictionary

2010 - 2011

why dead?

Google closed down Dictionary service with a message: “Google Dictionary is no longer available. You can use Google web search to find definitions or Google Translate for your translation needs.”

Aardvark

Aardvark

social search service

2008 - 2011

why dead?

Another victim of Google’s ‘spring cleanup’.

Google Notebook

Google Notebook

online note taking app

2006 - 2011

why dead?

In September 2011, Google announced it would discontinue a number of its products, including Google Notebook through their ”second spring cleanup”.

Google Buzz

Google Buzz

Social networking service

2010 - 2011

why dead?

Google announced that it would discontinue the service and that the existing content would be available in read-only mode. Buzz was superseded by Google+

Google Gears

Google Gears

open source utility software

2007 - 2010

why dead?

The Gears team at Google announced that the development of Google Gears had stopped, as they are working on bringing all of the Gears capabilities into web standards.

GOOG-411

GOOG-411

local directory assistance

2007 - 2010

why dead?

“The service has served its purpose in helping the company develop other, more sophisticated voice-powered technologies.” – Google

SearchWiki

SearchWiki

annotate search results

2008 - 2010

why dead?

Google Stars replaced SearchWiki. Users no longer have the option to annotate or re-order search results.

Ride Finder

Ride Finder

ride sharing service

2007 - 2009

why dead?

Way before Uber, Google Ride Finder offered a geolocated service to find a car: taxi, carpool or shuttle in 14 cities of the United States. It closed in 2009.

Audio Ads

Audio Ads

2007 - 2009

why dead?

Launched from 2007 to 2009, Audio Ads was a radio advertising module only operated in the United States.

Web Accelerator

Web Accelerator

web page speed tool

2005 - 2008

why dead?

Google Web Accelerator is no longer available for, or supported by, Google as of January 20, 2008.

Page Creator

Page Creator

website creation service

2008 - 2009

why dead?

In 2008, Google announced that it would not accept new sign-ups to Page Creator, instead encouraging users to use Google Sites. The service had been shut down in 2009.

Lively

Lively

web-based virtual world

2008 - 2008

why dead?

A post on the Google Blog explains the decision: “we want to ensure that we prioritize our resources and focus more on our core search, ads and apps business.”

Dodgeball

Dodgeball

social location service

2005 - 2007

why dead?

Dodgeball was shut down and succeeded in February 2009 by Google Latitude.

Google Answers

Google Answers

online knowledge market

2002 - 2006

why dead?

“Answers community’s limited size and other product considerations made it more effective for us to focus our efforts on other ways to help our users find information.”