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Google Failures Summary
A list of Google project failures
by Vaughn Aubuchon

This page is a chronoligical summary of 68 Google Project Failures.
Inception and sunset dates are given, along with the name of the project.

Google Project Failures by Year

Most Long-Lived Failures

Shortest-Lived Google Failures

Alpha List of Google Failures
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Google Project Failures
by YEAR of Sunset

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This Decade (51)

2015 Impending Fails -

Google + . . . . (soon)
--- Circles
--- Hangouts
--- Photos

Google Panda (terrible)

Google Penguin (terrible)

-

2015 Fails (3) -

Google Glass . . . . . . (Jan)

Google Helpouts . . . (Apr)

Google Moderator . . (Jun)
.

2014 Fails (5) -

Google Notifier . . . (Jan)mmmm

Google Schemer . . (Feb)mmmm

QuickOffice . . . . . . (Jun)mmm

Matt Cutts . . . . . . . (gone)mmm

Google Wildfire . . . (Dec)
.

2013 Fails (5) -

Meebo . . . . . . . . . . (Jun)

Google Reader . . . (Jul)

Latitude . . . . . . . . (Aug)

Orkut . . . . . . . . . . (Sep)

iGoogle . . . . . . . . . (Nov)
.

2012 Fails (17) -

Google Code Search . . (Jan)

Google Health .. . . . . . (Jan)

Google Checkout .. . . . (Jan)

Google Friend Connect . (Mar)

Patent Search . . . . . . (Apr)

Google Wave . . . . . . (Apr)

Picnik . . . . . . . . . . . (Apr)

One Pass . . . . . . . . (Apr)

Related Links . . . . . (Apr)

Google Mini . . . . . . . (Jul)

Video for Business . . . . . (Aug)

Google TV Ads . . . . . . . (Aug)

Google Website Optimizer . (Aug)

Apps for Teams . . . (Sep)

Knol . . . . . . . (Oct)

Listen . . . . . . (Nov)

Google Apps . . (Dec.)
.

2011 Fails (19) -

Real Estate . . (Feb)

Directory . . . . (Jul)

Google Labs . . (Jul)

Dictionary . . . (Aug)

Slide.com . . . (Aug)

The 9-11 WIPEOUT
10 Years Exactly, to the day.

Desktop . . . . . . . (Sep. 11)

Google Pack . . . . (Sep. 11)

Subscribed Links . (Sep. 11)

Google Notebook . (Sep. 11)

Image Labeler . . . (Sep. 11)

Web Security . . . . (Sep. 11)

City Tours . . . . . . (Sep. 11)

Squared .. . . . . . . (Sep. 11)

Google Fast Flip . . (Sep. 11)

Sidewiki .. . . . . . . (Sep. 11)

PowerMeter . . . . . (Sep. 11)

Aardvark . . . . . . . (Sep. 11)

Google Buzz . . . . (Oct)

Gears . . . . . . . . . (Nov)
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2010 Fails (2) -

Google SearchWiki (Mar)

GOOG-411 . . . . . . (Nov)
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Last Decade (18)

2009 Fails (9) -

Google Catalog . . . (Jan)

Google Jaiku . . . . . (Jan)

Mashup Editor . . . . (Jan)

Google Dodgeball . . (Feb)

Google Audio Ads . . (Feb)

Google Print Ads . . (Feb)

Google Shared Stuff (Mar)

Google Video . . . . . (May)

Google Base .. . . . . (Oct)
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2008 Fails (7) -

Web Accelerator . (Jan)

Picasa Hello . . . . (May)

BrowserSync . . . . (Jun)

Google Page Creator (Aug)

Send to Phone . . . . (Aug)

SearchMash . . . . . (Nov)

Google Lively . . . . (Dec)
.

2006 Fails (2) -

Deskbar . . . . . . . (May)

Google Answers . (Dec)
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Number of
Google Failures by Year


2006 - 2
2007 - 0
2008 - 7
2009 - 9
2010 - 2
2011-19
2012-17

2013 - 5
2014 - 5
2015 - 3            
        69 Total

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Most Long-Lived Google Failures

Months
Begin
Year
End Year

.
Project

25

135

2000

2011

Directory

(120)*

2004

2014

Orkut

110

2002

2011

Labs

102

2005

2013

iGoogle

(108)*

2005

2014

Notifier

96

2001

2009

Catalogs

(96)*

2006

2014

Matt Cutts

(96)*

2005

2013

Reader

(96)*

2005

2014

Meebo

(84)*

2008

2015

Moderator

83

2004

2011

Desktop

73

2006

2012

Mini

69

2006

2012

Checkout

68

2005

2011

Pack

64

2001

2006

Answers

64

2006

2011

Notebook

64

2007

2012

Patent Search

64

2006

2011

Subscribed Links

63

2007

2012

Code Search

61

2006

2011

Image Labeler

55

2003

2008

Picasa Hello

55

2007

2012

Apps for Teams

54

2006

2011

Gears

51

2008

2012

Knol

50

2007

2011

Web Security

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Medium-Lived Google Projects

48

2005

2009

Base

26 (51)

(48)*

2009

2013

Latitude

47

2009

Video (YouTube)

47

2012

Video for Business

45

2009

Dodgeball

44

2012

Health

43

2010

GOOG-411

39

2012

Listen

(36)*

2011

2014

Schemer

35

2012

Wave

32

2008

Web Accelerator

30

2008

Page Creator

27

2011

City Tours

27

2011

Squared

25

2012

Picnik

25

2008

SearchMash

24

2008

BrowserSync

24

2010

2011

Fast Flip

24

2010

2011

Sidewiki

(24)*

2012

2014

QuickOffice

(24)*

2012

2014

Wildfire

(24)*

2013

2015

Helpouts

23

2004

2006

Deskbar

23

2007

2009

Jaiku

23

2009

2011

Power Meter

23

2007

2008

Send to Phone

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Shortest-Lived Google Failures

21

2009

Audio Ads

15 (66)

20

2011

Buzz (biggest failure)

20

2011

Dictionary

20

2009

Mashup Editor

19

2011

Aardvark

18

2009

Shared Stuff

16

2010

Search Wiki

13

2012

One Pass

12

2010

2011

Slide.com

(12)*

2012

2013

Meebo

(12)*

2014

2015

Glass

8

2011

2012

Related Links

7

2011

2011

Real Estate

5

2008

2008

Lively

0

2005

2005

Google X

(xx)* = Estimated, not computed

50

50

50

160 - 450

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Alpha List of 68 Google Failures
with Year Retired
(thru 2015)

.
Project Name

Year
Retired

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Google Aarkvark
Google Answers
Google Apps for Teams
Google Audio Ads

2011
2006
2012
2009

-37

Google Base
Google BrowserSync
Google Buzz

2009
2008
2011

Google Catalogs
Google Checkout
Google City Tours
Google Code Search

2009
2012
2011
2012

Google Deskbar
Google Desktop
Google Dictionary
Google Directory
Google Dodgeball

2006
2011
2011
2011
2009

Google Fast Flip

2011

Google Gears
GOOG-411
Google Glass
Google Helpouts
Google Reader

Google X

2011
2010
2015
2015

2013
2005

Google Health

2012

iGoogle
Google Image Labeler

2013
2011

Google Jaiku

2009

Google Knol

2012

Google Labs
Google Latitude
Google Listen

Google Lively

2011
2013
2012

2008

Google Mashup Editor
Google Matt Cutts
Google Meebo
Google Mini
Google Moderator

2009
2014
2013
2012
2015

Google Notebook
Google Notifier

2011
2014

-31
68 failures

Google One Pass
Google Orkut

2012
2013

Google Pack
Google Page Creator
Google Patent Search
Google Picasa Hello
Google Picnik
Google PowerMeter

2011
2008
2012
2008
2012
2011

Google QuickOffice

2014

Google Reader
Google Real Estate
Google Related Links

2013
2011
2012

Google Schemer
Google SearchMash
Google SearchWiki
Google Send to Phone
Google Shared Stuff
Google Sidewiki
Google Slide.com
Google Squared
Google Subscribed Links

2014
2008
2010
2008
2009
2011
2011
2011
2011

Google TV Ads

2012

Google Video
Google Video for Business

2009
2012

GoogleWave
Google Web Accelerator
Google Web Security
Google Website Optimizer
Google Wildfire

2012
2008
2011
2012
2014

240 - 450

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