The website Slate has created a page where fans can leave virtual flowers for defunct Google products. To leave a flower, one simply clicks on a grave, where a flower is instantly placed for free. The page also records the number of flowers left by fans, so visitors may see which among the Google products are most missed.
The latest product to join, of course, is Google Reader, which was available from 2004, and will be closed this 2013. Already, the RSS reading service has received 46,745 virtual flowers.
Also in the graveyard are iGoogle, which was open from 2005 to 2013; Google Labs, from 2002 to 2011; Google Wave, from 2009 to 2012; Google Video, from 2005 to 2012; Google Desktop, from 2004 to 2011; Google Buzz, from 2010 to 2011; Google Aardvark, from 2010 to 2011; Google Gears, from 2007 to 2011; Google Code Search, from 2006 to 2012; Picasa for Linux, from 2006 to 2012; Google Notebook, from 2006 to 2011; Google Health, from 2008 to 2012; Google Lively, from 2008 to 2008; Picnik, from 2010 to 2012; Google Listen, from 2009 to 2012; Google Bookmark Lists, from 2005 to 2011; Google Docs Gadgets, from 2008 to 2012; Google Search Timeline, from 2007 to 2011; Google Fast Flip, from 2009 to 2011; Google Postini Services, from 2007 to 2013; Picasa Web Albums Uploader for Mac, from 2006 to 2012, Google Pack, from 2006 to 2011; Google Mini, from 2005 to 2012; Google Adsense for feeds, from 2008 to 2012; Google Classic Plus, from 2010 to 2012; and Google Sidewiki, from 2001 to 2011, among many others.
The page also provides links to each of these products’ Wikipedia page, so that visitors who are unfamiliar with some of the less-popular products may learn about their functions.
Slate’s page may be a humorous take on the many products that Google shut down over the years, but it also shows a brief summary of some of Google’s failed attempts to bring products that the public will love.
Curiously, the makers of the page also included a space for Google Glass, but given that it has not been discontinued, the lot given to it is still empty, and visitors are not allowed to leave a flower.