Google to kill 6 of its failed projects

Google has decided to terminate several products that weren't up to the Google's standards or now redundant.

In a few months, support for uploads to Google Video will be discontinued and YouTube and Picasa Web Albums will be left to handle the video uploads.

In 2001, Google Catalog Search was launched as a demonstration of OCR technology and lead to Google's Book Search which hasn't been as popular as some of Google's other products. Catalog search will be given a farewell on 15th January 2009.

Starting next week, Google plans to stop active development on Google Notebook, but will continue to maintain the service for those who've already signed up via the web interface here. The official Google notebook blog also provides information about other products which offer Notebook's functionalities.

Dodgeball, the mobile social network acquired by Google that lets users share their location with friends via text message is also being shutdown in the next couple of months as it is getting replaced by other popular mobile social networks like twitter.

Once Jaiku is migrated to Google App Engine ,a new Jaiku Engine project will be released on Google Code under the Apache License which will act as an open source microblogging platform .Development will halt and a group of Google volunteers will take care of the existing service.

The Google Mashup Editor which is currently in limited private beta, shutdown in 6 months in favour of the more powerful App Engine infrastructure.

Other Google products joining this long list to be terminated are:

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Like someone posted earlier, Google should have done a better job of letting people know they were out there. I never heard of any of those applications. There is so much on the Web that you tend to miss stuff like that.

I'm surprised Search isn't on that list. It doesn't return very good results anymore unless you're looking for malware sites or stores.

GreyWolfSC said,
I'm surprised Search isn't on that list. It doesn't return very good results anymore unless you're looking for malware sites or stores.

It still provides the best results by far.

Mhm i'm not sure, it does do the best results but you just kind of have to know how to search =] it's had no problems with getting what i need though!

Garnett

Hmm, I'm surprised no one's mentioned the 100 HR people that got laid off, or the three offices that are being closed. Those seem to be more news worthy than some random products that hardly anyone uses.

Knol was totally useless - I used it a few times - it was like looking for information in a vaccuum - nothing there!

uncap the time limit and merge google video and youtube....pirates will still find a way to upload their cheesey videos anyways..face it

In fact those "cheesey" videos are the raison d'etre of Youtube. Truly, it is funny to look at some video blog and cats doings-stuff-that-usually-do-the-cats but you will be tired of it and soon you will want to hunt for copyrighted stuff.

Honestly, if they made these things easier to find, more people would use them. Google Book search? I've been looking for something like that for a while and didn't know about it till this post. Maybe once a day, or just randomly, display one app and a brief description on the main page? That way people can be like "hey cool, maybe I'll check that out".

m-p{3} said,
Why Google Notebook?

I use it all the time to save small chunks of information :(


Same here, I have just added a number of bookmarks.

It seems it is normal for Google to terminate some of the services, as I can see that some of them are related to mobile phone services, and I guess some of them have duplicated functions.

Some of the services are going to be killed due to low popularity, say Knol, everyone know Wikipedia, but I wonder how many people know Knol, and even how many people know Knol is the unit of knowledge (defined by Google).

I hope they don't shut down GrandCentral but instead release it to the public. Seriously, it sounds like a great service. Even though I don't normally use Google services, I'd love to give that one a try.

How much is Grandcentral?

Like someone said, what about Google Talk? That thing sucks in comparison to so many other programs. They did a good job though, too many projects in the stagnant beta stage.

Lol at the Chrome comment! Hahaha!

sanke1 said,
What about google talk ?? It hasnt been updated since 2 years so why dont they just kill it as well ??

Google are hopeing Android will save Google Talk.

thealexweb said,
Google are hopeing Android will save Google Talk.

I don't particularly see how it will. I'm sure the competition will just release clients and then most users will have no real need to use Google Talk unless they were previously. Given the open nature it wouldn't shock me if MS or other companies tried to make exclusive deals to make windows live apps the default one even on Android for cases where they couldn't get them using Windows Mobile.

Magallanes said,
is google talk merged with gmail?.

Yes, the chat client in GMail is Google Talk... it is also included in Google Desktop.

There is no OFFICIAL word on Grandcentral. This is from the source blog

"Other blogs (TechCrunch and Center Networks) are calling Grand Central and Knol as the next projects to join Google's scrap bin. I can see Knol getting the ax--there's no buzz around it. I'd add Google Base to the list of likely casualities. But I don't think it makes sense to kill Grand Central. "

And the 2 quotes from TechCrunch and Center Networks is

"And what about Grand Central - the advanced telecom service that has a devout fan base, but still hasn't been released to the general public?"

So... I am assuming Neowin has some inside source that officially put them on the list that no one else has... apparently.. lol

"I am wondering if GrandCentral will be next to go. There has been basically no activity on the service since Google took over and I've noticed several technical issues that have seemed to go unresolved. They haven't opened the service to the public and they removed all invites as well. I really hope GrandCentral isn't next - it's a great service that has potential in the telephony market. (if it does close, I want the domain name!) "

I'm glad they're shutting these services down. It just means resources can be diverted to more useful services.

I sure hope Grandcentral stays. I have been with them before Google bought them out, and will absolutely be in dire straits if they shut that one down too. For those that don't know what it is, it gives you a free phone number for anyone to call and it forwards calls up to 5 phones at a time. Offers, call screening, voicemail and more for free and without ads.

Anyone else know of an alternative to Grandcentral?

Hey, don't forget Google X. Although strictly speaking, it didn't fail and never really got started! Was quite a fun concept if you ask me!

Google Video was bound to die at some point. Well, it's not dying yet, but obviously Google is showing they don't care much for it anymore.

Google Notebook was nice, but at least there's better alternatives like OneNote, Evernote, and Live Thumbtack.

I don't think they are killing Google Video, they are just stopping uploads to it.

I'll miss Google Notebook, but it'll be easily replaced with Evernote. And I don't see them killing Grand Central.

Google Video is good because it collects from other video websites. Shame Youtube has gobbled the market really.

i don't see the need to terminate google video its a good service...

just because it isnt the youtube they wanted it to be means its "not up to their standards" and they should give up on the project?

Tikitiki said,
No point in having two services that do the same thing

Yeah, but Google Video has the advantage of being able to upload videos longer than 10 minutes.

MightyJordan said,
Yeah, but Google Video has the advantage of being able to upload videos longer than 10 minutes.

Maybe google will increase the limit at some point on YouTube then. If it can be done on Google Video, then it can be done YouTube.

MightyJordan said,
Yeah, but Google Video has the advantage of being able to upload videos longer than 10 minutes.

There's stuff on YouTube that's longer than 10 minutes.

iamwhoiam said,
There's stuff on YouTube that's longer than 10 minutes.

i believe you need a director account or something, but really do you want to hear why someone thinks my chemical romance is the best band ever for over 10mins?

phantom said,
i believe you need a director account or something, but really do you want to hear why someone thinks my chemical romance is the best band ever for over 10mins?


:D that made me LOL thank you

iamwhoiam said,
There's stuff on YouTube that's longer than 10 minutes.

That's because those people changed to a Director account before 2008. Now, you don't get anything. The only way you can bypass the limit is to become a YouTube Partner, which caters for independant video creators and video companies.