Charles Arthur takes a look at 39 shuttered Google products.
Earlier this week, Google introduced Google Keep – a service intended to let you store notes and other information “in the cloud”. Those with a long memory may think that it looks a little familiar; that’s because it is: Evernote offers a very similar service already (and has done since June 2008). Also also, Google used to have a product called Google Notebook, introduced in May 2006, which did much the same thing. So why Google Keep? Because Notebook was killed – unloved, apparently unnoticed – in November 2011. (The love had already stopped in 2009, when development ended.)
You might think that the introduction of Keep would see the early adopter geeks jumping to use it – even those who don’t remember Notebook’s demise. Instead, it’s been met with sidelong glances.
That’s because the announcement earlier this month that Google Reader, an RSS aggregator, will be shutting down from 1 July has made people who relied on it much more wary about trusting their data to Google’s services.
The worry this time isn’t about privacy; it’s whether they’ll wake up in a few years’ time and read a blogpost with the doom-laden words like “sadly, it never gained the traction among users…” followed by a date when the lights will go out. And then either your data will die, or it will have to be collected and then toted around like an old sofa, which will then have to be pushed up the stairs into a new servi