I first published a Google Quick, Sick and Dead list in January 2009, at the dawn of Dapocalypse. This was six months after the Battle of Latitude; we were well into the post-Android Google-Apple War I. By then the iPhone was big, but not as dominant as it would get.
Less than two years later, in July of 2011, Google Plus launched. Five months later Google Reader Shares vanished and Google 1.0 was declared dead. Looking back, a lot of software became ill in 2011.
Again with the damned interesting times! Since then many cloud services have been killed or abandoned. We’re growing accustomed to major regressions in software functionality with associated data loss (most recently with Apple’s Aperture). I am sure businesses struggle with the rate of change.
Looking back the 2009+ software turmoil probably arose from 2 factors, one technological and one external. The technological factor was, in a word, the iPhone. Mobile blew up the world we knew. The external factor was the Great Recession (which, in Europe, continues today as the Lesser Depression).
Of course if you believe the Great Recession has its roots in globalization and IT (including IT enabled fraud and IT enabled globalization)  then it’s really all a post-WW II thing. I suppose that’s how it will look to the AIs.
Which brings me back to my Google Quick Sick and Dead series. It’s been more than four years since the 6th edition. I haven’t had the heart to update the list the way I once did — too many old friends have become ill. I’m doing an update today because I started a post on the Google Calendar iPad experience and it got out of control.
As with prior editions this is a review of the Google Services I use personally — so neither Android nor Chromebooks are on the list. It’s also written entirely from my personal perspective; I don’t care how the rest of the world sees Google Search, for me it’s dying.
With those caveats, here’s the list. Items that have effectively died since my last update are show with a strike-through but left in their 2011 categorization, old items have their 2011 category in parentheses. Items in italics are particularly noteworthy.
- Google Scholar (Q)
- Chrome browser (Q)
- Maps and Earth (Q)
- News (Q)
- Google Drive and core productivity apps - Docs, Sheets, Present (Q)
- YouTube (Q)
- Google Profile (Q)
- Google Translate (S)
- Google Parental Controls (D)
- Gmail (Q)
- Google Checkout (S)
- iGoogle (S)
- Google Search (S)
- Google Custom Search (D)
- Google Contacts (Q)
- Google Hangout (S): on iOS
- Google Voice (D)
- Google Mobile Sync (S)
- Google’s Data Liberation Front (S)
- Google Calendar (Q)
- Google Tasks (Q)
- Picasa Web Albums (Q)
- Blogger (D)
- Google Books (S)
- Google Plus (Q)
- Buzz (D)
- Google Groups (D)
- Google Sites (D)
- Knol (D)
- Firefox/IE toolbars (D)
- Google Talk (D)
- Google Reader (S)
- Orkut (S)
- Google Video Chat (S) - replaced by G+ Hangout
- Google Quick, Sick and Dead #1 (1/09)
- Google Quick, Sick and Dead #2 (11/09)
- Google Quick, Sick and Dead #3 (6/10)
- Google Quick, Sick and Dead #4 (10/10)
- Google Quick, Sick and Dead #5 (5/11)
- Google Quick, Sick and Dead #6 (9/11)
- AvantGo RIP - memories of the roaring 90s 6/2009
- Software died three years ago. Why? 12/2014.
- Apple kills yet another photo sharing service - and generally screws up iOS photo management 9/2014
- How quickly can businesses adapt? 7/2014
- Apple and the 2013 tech world - in the doldrums 8/2012
- Project Ducky - why I’ve stopped using new Cloud services 3/2013
- Fraud and Globalization: Toy Story III 6/2007