Identity-hoarder Google has killed various social products that failed to capture the interweb's hive brain in the way it clearly thinks Google+ has done. As part of Larry Page's drive to make the Chocolate Factory's products appear more uniform across the vast Google estate, the company confirmed it was culling a host of webby …
Will not be missed
And this is why I refuse to use any Google software adventures until it's clear that they are going to stick around - I mean, what's the point of investing my time in something that get's canned on months with an "R" in them?
Google machine-guns unpopular social products
I never realised Google made machine guns.
They don't make machine guns...
...just the bullets with your name on.
"Identity-hoarder Google has killed various social products that failed to capture the interweb's hive brain in the way it clearly thinks Google+ has done."
Except as we know, Google+ didn't really take off...
Heyyyy Google - Can we have Google Notes back, please?
Like it sez.
Hopefully, they'll focus on search...
It would be nice if it could handle a simple query without needing every second word wrapped in quotes.
Miss you google bookmarks....
But I've not heard of the other services they're canning!
From the click-through to the Google Blog post, I think that Google Bookmarks (which I use, providing HTML access or extension-based access for pretty much any browser) is staying, just the "lists" feature is being cancelled.
The Knol -> Stephen Fry
Knol no more? then ->
Stephen Fry Does the Knowledge
Stephen Fry's metaphorical taxi journey to discover what knowledge really means
Google Gears wasn't a pile of social network-ey "Web2.0rhea". It was the prototype sandbox for a whole load of nifty client-side things, many of which have now made their way into the HTML5 standard. Like localStorage, for instance.
Yes, whether you think Gears was interesting or not, it has nothing to do with anything I've seen in the various "Web 2.0" definitions - amorphous and over-reaching though they are. (I suppose it could fit the Reg's definition if you used it to cache pictures of badgers' paws.)
I personally never used Gears, but a friend used it to build an application for people doing door-to-door medical surveys, running on cheap hardware that didn't have mobile networking; the app cached data locally until the interviewers got back to the office (a non-profit neighborhood center) and connected to its network. Simple and effective.