Look at all the dead projects in this Google Graveyard

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/03/20/look-at-all-the-dead-projects.html

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#2

Feedly is a decent replacement for reader. I think it imported everything from reader iniitally.

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#3

Feedly was my go-to replacement. Now I’m using Inoreader, which is better in every way.

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#4

I miss the google portfolio stock thing. It was dead long before they killed it though. A lot of the stuff I didn’t even notice b/c it’s been subsumed/integrated into other products. The news and weather stuff? it’s still here on my phone.

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How much is a lifetime subscription?

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#6

I miss picasa too. I never used google wave but it looked cool/useful. Google gears looks like it could’ve been interesting. I’m forever looking for ways to write serverless web apps(well the html/js/css would be served up but what once cached on the local wouldn’t be needed anymore) that allow the users to store their data in their own google drive/dropbox/personal storage whatever.

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#7

@frauenfelder I love hanging out.

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#8

I’ll have to scope it out.

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I was reviewing my Google+ account to see what might get archived and one entry was a rant about the loss of Google Reader and wondering what other products Google was going to pull.

I miss iGoogle. They’re also doing away with the Google Tasks Canvas (for which it appears GTaskD will be a replacement, though that doesn’t solve the problem that Google never released a good standalone Android app for Tasks.

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#10

I miss installable software…

It was nice that even if the company stopped working on a project, you could still keep the last version around if it was useful. Now features and whole products can just vanish.

I was wondering why my bookmarks had stopped syncing recently, only to discover the service had shut down, :tada:SURPRISE :confetti_ball:!

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#11

So Google pre-announced their new gaming “platform” yesterday…yeah, I’ll believe when I see it.

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#12

So many projects and still no viable Tumblr alternative…

(Sorry Google+, you pissed the bed with your “real name only” policy)

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#13

Well, at least they’re killing their own projects instead of buying up everyone else’s tech and quietly killing it off.

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#14

I used to be so excited when I heard of a new google project. It’s now my policy to eye roll and move on.

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#15

Ooooh…I gotta try that. But really, I don’t use feedly for much more than boingboing these days.

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I’m still sad about Google Wave. When they rolled it out, we started using it heavily in my office for collaboration. It was killed and it took quite a few years before Google Docs was of the same quality.

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#17

This isn’t even a complete list, either. I recollect some game-related ventures Google got into (the names escape me), that I can’t find on the list. Which is why I’m so skeptical of “Stadia” and think any game company investing anything in it is foolish.

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#18

Google developers are like that dog on Pixar’s “Up” movie… at the point where some program is getting traction… “Squirrel!!”

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I will miss Google+, if for nothing else than the thriving Prince bootleg forums. You could have real private conversations there (well, as private as anything Google would host). Discord is not bad, but Google+ was better.

#20

Google is more dead than alive, when you think about it. And that’s effing scary as hell!