Google seems to do this a hell of a lot. What about that 3D virtual world thing they made some time back, whose name I don't even remember anymore? One of their test projects I loved was Google Notebook, it was great for jotting down little things that I could store someplace where I'd be sure not to lose them. I still have the Google Notebook widget on my homepage and it still seems to work, but someday, maybe someday soon, it'll probably go dark and my notes will vanish with it.
I was super excited when I got my Wave invite (thanks to reenum, a prince among MeFites). But I couldn't figure out what to do with it, and nobody I invited wanted to join.
Aside from their ad products, has Google ever really created anything that's caught on? I mean, they do search and email pretty darn well but when it comes to "reinventing" the Internet, they have a rather shoddy record.
Google Wave was their Microsoft Bob.Not even close. [...] Microsoft Bob sold 58,000 copies, released twice, but was terribly unsuccessful - it was a public failure for Microsoft.
Google Wave was their Microsoft Bob.
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