• Dunk

    How about Google Base?

    I’m stunned they’ve not killed Knol off yet…

  • OldWelshGuy

    Nice List Danny,

    And these are the ones they actually ran with, lord knows how many were in Labs, and never made it. There really have been some howlers there.

    Orkut, yes, I remember when we all had to invite each other and it was cool to be ‘in’.

    As for the successes, yep, there have been a few, maps and earth are stunning, and I have a funny feeling that Android will position the company more than many realise.

  • http://abrah.am abrahamwilliams

    Don’t forget the Nexus One.

    There is also a nice list of a few more products: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Google_products#Previous_products

  • http://dineshthakursem.blogspot.com Dinesh Thakur

    Enjoy your post with my morning cup of coffee ! What next section bring a smile on my face, am thinking how Google see all these products :)

  • http://www.dwebresources.com Naguissa

    There has been a lot of Google failures. For me, the biggest one was Wave. They announced it like a revolutionary system, and it was clear for me that it was no so useful. But, as they say, these failures are useful for getting knowledge and parts of these projects can be used in future projects.

  • oriste

    You missed one: Google Lively (http://lively.com). Lively was a network of avatars and virtual rooms created and decorated by its users. Google launched Lively on July 8, 2008 as an experiment in providing people with more ways to express themselves on the Web. Avatars and rooms are not available as of January 1, 2009.

  • http://www.rimmkaufman.com George Michie

    Bold, audacious failures should be a source of pride. These folks tried to make email obsolete! Game-changing revolution doesn’t come from small incremental steps, it comes from taking a flier on something no one else has tried. I appreciate the efforts and agree with Naguissa and you, Danny, that some of the technology developed along the way will likely show up elsewhere. It turns out Wave solved a problem that didn’t really exist, but kudos to the folks who went after it.

  • jlong7

    Concerning Google Me’s imminent launch, I wrote: I want multiple profiles. Google would know so much more about me than Facebook does if I could show a different profile to different social sets without the friend knowing to which social set they belonged or even that there were other profiles. And I’d like for these profiles to be layerable (wife can be part of “family” and “friends” but not “fight night buddies,” and joe can be part of “fight night buddies” and “friends,” but not “family”).

    In real life, I can have members of different social sets mix at a party. But my church friends know not to discuss my religious views with friends who may belong to different political parties. In fact, for me, this social hide and seek is not hiding something I’m doing wrong, it’s intellectual flirtation, the gradual disrobing of my identity to others who share similar interests to mine. We find that our closest friends are those with whom we can share ourselves completely. This is a playful process, not an ethical requirement. Everyone can see pictures of my vacation, but it’s simply not socially acceptable (or appropriate) to go skinny dipping with the whole office.

    This idea that privacy is dead is simply turning everyone’s profile into a PR/advertising laced bland networking model.

    Make me feel safe Google and you will be my one true friend who knows all of my deepest darkest secrets:-) You will know my religion, political views, favorite sports. My wife is scandalized every time I let it slip to one of her friends that I like barbaric sports like MMA. Google, you will even know whether I prefer the blond or brunette score card girls. I know!–that’s what Zuckerberg was referring to when he said, “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to hide.” But who’s perfect?