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  1. I think Google fans’ importance is really overblown, tbh.

    Looking at the graveyard up there: most of that stuff was barely used by anyone. When you consider the scale of things like Search (1.17 billion users last year) or Gmail (a billion) or Android (around the same) Google isn’t a company that leans hard on a small, devoted fanbase at all.

    Passion projects are possible there, but their importance to Google’s future is really overblown.

  2. I guess I should’ve made clearer-yeah it is about user experience,but very few people ever used any of those products (hell, ara never even launched as anything you could buy) when it comes to the scale Google operates at.

  3. Finding user data on that isn’t especially quick, but y’know, people have moved on. The RSS fans use Feedly, everyone else visits FB for “news” or Google/Apple news.

    It was certainly never as big as Search, Gmail, or Android are.

  4. Some of those just migrated to a new product or paid only. Photos replaced Picasa, Hangouts replaced Talk, Orkut and Wave were replaced by G+, Inbox had its features rolled into Gmail, etc. G+ is joining Meet, Chat, and App Maker as paid services.

    Reader was actually killed off.

    The point about the public relations disaster is solid.

  5. Filip H.F. Slagter – There are other issues as well. The problem with Software as a Service is that when you end it, you end the use of it for everybody. Here in the publishing industry, we have tons of old computers running old versions of software because they support a niche need dropped in later versions. Law offices stuck with the old DOS version of WordPerfect for a few years into the Windows era because it formatted court documents correctly.

    You can’t just keep running a SaaS product once the centralized cloud behind it goes dark. You can’t keep using Inbox once they stop development and support.

    To be fair, there’s plenty of ease-of-use, rapid updates, and integration benefits as well. But judging by the PR problem, the audience isn’t seeing this as a tradeoff, just focusing on the negatives.

  6. Filip H.F. Slagter – I have a feeling that G+ was axed as a free product solely due to internal politics and positioning of paid services. The not-very-real security breech was an excuse (and again, poorly handled in terms of PR).

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