Chances are you’ve heard the outrage about the discontinuation of Google Reader, or maybe you’re even one of the outraged. We’re just as upset about the loss of our beloved Google Reader, that’s why we’re preparing to propose a trade with Google: keep Google Reader and abandon one of these other train wreck-projects:
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, around this time two years ago, Google’s social network, Google Plus, was released. I’m sure Google Plus had huge expectations for the product, and there was excitement around the initial release, but after a month or two, everyone had deserted it for Facebook. If Google were to get rid of Google Plus, we’re almost positive it wouldn’t get the petitions that Google Reader is getting to stay around. Believe me, Google, we wouldn’t think any differently about you if you were to put Google Plus down the way you did with Google Buzz.
In theory, Google Translate is a nice idea for a project. Just picture it, bridging the gap between all the world’s languages, a way for high school and college students to cheat on their Spanish homework, and a way to read the work of foreign poets, just think of how beautiful it could be! Instead, we’re left with a generic translator website with glitches and wacky translations.
Here’s one project that was so hilariously bad, you’ve probably never heard of it. The Google Latitude app lets your friends know exactly where you are via smartphone. That’s it. It’s not like sending your friend a drop pin, a specific location of where you are and how to get there. It’s just a pseudo-social network, with locations.
Also known as Google’s clumsy competitor for Apple TV. I’m sorry, but there’s just no need for that many apps. And I’d love to watch “Desperate Housewives” on my TV, but watching it on my computer and smartphone simultaneously is a bit excessive. In our opinion, Google should have thought this one through a little longer before releasing it.
We put this last on our list, because Google Wallet is actually an amazing tool. However, we don’t think the rest of the world is ready for Wallet yet. Perhaps Google could withdraw it and bring it back for a future society where we’re ready to pay for everything with our phones.