Wave has washed out. Now if only Google would deep-six a few more of its lamer projects.
Google has killed off Wave despite initial buzz that the experiment was going to change communication. The problem: Wave just didn't garner much of a following. Props to Google for ditching efforts that fall flat (Techmeme). But since we're housecleaning at Google, here are a few more projects that should be put out of their misery.
Note: This article originally appeared as an entry in ZDNet's Between the Lines blog.
Annoying and just not quite right. Like Wave, it had some early juice and then just sort of fell flat.
AOL had Bebo. Google has Orkut. Perhaps there's a following here, but at the risk of sounding downright antisocial, I'd nuke Orkut too.
3: Friend Connect
Build a real social network or go home. Google is still trying.
4: Google Desktop
Can be handy, but mostly it's a resource hog.
5: Google Base
You may be surprised to hear that this is still around (and in beta, of course).
6: Google CheckoutIs Checkout a mere distraction? It's a valid question, considering there are other dominant payment forces out there like PayPal. Update: A few folks pointed out that Checkout is important to Google's mobile ambitions. Knol got a write-in vote to replace Checkout on the kill list.
7: Google Toolbar
Why? Toolbars suck -- all of them.
8: Google Latitude
A few folks seem to like it, but the product inflates the search giant's creepiness factor.
9: Google Pack
If we want a Google app, we'll download them individually.
10: Photo Screensaver
This screensaver is part of Google Pack, but it can be downright annoying.
Honorable mention: Picasa
Jason Hiner suggested this one, and Sam Diaz and I shouted him down. Who's right?
Larry Dignan is editorial director of TechRepublic, as well as editor in chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet.
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