Google is known for its collection of wildly popular products, from Search to Maps to Android. But not everything the company touches turns to gold.
Google Glass was supposed to change the world, but it quickly became a punch line. And remember Google Buzz?
Now, Google is killing off one more product: Google+, the social network that was supposed to take on Facebook and LinkedIn. Google decided to shutter the service after a software glitch caused Google to expose the personal profile data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users (though the company says nothing bad happened).
Of course, the best innovations are the ones that everybody thinks are doomed to fail, so it makes sense that Google has had its fair share of misses over the years. Still, we counted at least 18 products that have ended up in the Google graveyard (but there are probably more — let us know if we’re missing anything).
Here’s a look at some of Google’s biggest misses.
Google Answers was the first project Google worked on and started as an idea from Larry Page. Answers lasted for more than four years but stopped accepting questions in 2006.
Lively, Google’s virtual worlds, lasted a little over a year. Google said it created Lively because it „wanted users to be able to interact with their friends and express themselves online in new ways,“ but it just didn’t catch on. Lively was shut down in 2008.
Google first unveiled Glass in dramatic fashion in 2012, but the device never made it to the masses. Glass came with a high price tag, software issues, potential privacy problems, and it generally looked too nerdy. Google ended consumer sales of Glass in January 2015, but it continues to sell the device to businesses and is working on a new version.
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