All The Useful Products Google Has Killed Off Since 2006 [Infographic]

All The Useful Products Google Has Killed Off Since 2006 [Infographic]

When Google Reader was discontinued, it broke the hearts of journalists, bloggers and news hounds everywhere. Before that it was Google Talk. Before that; Google Labs. In fact, the search juggernaut has killed off a significant number of useful products in the name of profitability and progress. This infographic marks the passing of every significant product and service: from 2006 to present.

The guys over at Make A Website have assembled a list of all the products Google has pulled the plug on since Google Answers kicked the bucket in 2006. Often it could be argued that Google made the right decision in offing its creations — but some of these projects were also fiercely loved. The infographic also includes some Google products that are tipped to be “murdered” in the near future. Better start looking for alternatives now!

Which dearly departed Google product do you miss the most? Have you found any decent alternatives? Let us know in the comments section below!

[Via Make A Website]


  • Google Square which let you search for something and google builds a grid of information so if you search for Fords you might get a grid comparing the different ford cars under a number of headings. it was fully automatic and used the shopping information to give price comparisons as well. very cool , sad it’s gone

    • That’s the sort of thing you can expect from these skeezy infographics. They’re not done by Lifehacker, they’re made by low level web advertisers and sold to sites in order to publicise them through link backs (in this case “Make A Website”). News site like Lifehacker use them as free content. Sometimes they’re even paid to put them up.

      It’s always disappointing to find out that something isn’t a real story, just an infographic ad piece they got in their email.

      • I think this is an uncharitable assessment. Infographics are popular with most of our readers – we also highlight it’s an infographic in the headline and intro sentence. It’s almost impossible to click on one without knowing what you’re getting beforehand.

        • You know it’s an infographic, but you don’t know it’s an advertising one until you click on it and see it.

  • Google + is not on the way out. Just no one on the media understands how it works. The huge majority of posts on it are kept within circles. The anaemic amount of public ones is by design.

  • Good read, I even remember using a few of them.

    I’d be interested in seeing a demographic of rival companies they’ve acquired for big $ and since killed off.

  • iGoogle had so much potential – I wish it had survived and been supported. With Android’s use of widgets integrated into the iGoogle platform, we could have had it all. RIP

    • igoogle was my biggest pissoff with google. I tried several other products and now use protopage as my homepage.

    • Biggest Pissoff cos they ditched it?
      I tried a lot of alternatives, and the death of Google Reader prompted a few websites to ditch their RSS feeds altogether.
      I never found anything I liked as they were often either pay services or didnt quite work as well as iGoogle.
      In the end, I built my own using a combination of Web RSS and other widgets.

  • A large number of items didn’t get “killed off”, per se. They were more “Frankenstein Monster’d” into a range of other things. For example, a lot of what Picnik offered got rolled into Google Photos

  • Where’s Orkut on the info graphic? Wasn’t that also killed of our is it still running?

  • Google’s love of killing services off is why they’ll never get any real amount of data from me.

  • I’ll never forgive them for what they did to Google Reader. Never. You hear that Google? NEVER!

  • Excellent read, Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting?I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work.

  • I purposely avoid Google’s offering, except for it’s search. DuckDuckGo is good but I find it’s not as refined.

    Having said that, I never have my practically abandoned Google account signed in anyways. They can data mine other peoples activities…

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