Biggest Google Failures so far – Google Graveyard

There is not a soul in the modern world that hasn’t heard about Google. We as web masters and SEO’s heavily depend upon the all might Google for our piece of income and out future, so what would happen if Google itself was to become another Google failure and join the already full Google Graveyard?

here is a great Infographics by people from WordStream, enjoy!

 Google Failures and Google Flops - A list of Google Mistakes

Infographic by WordStream Internet Marketing Software



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30 Response to Biggest Google Failures so far – Google Graveyard

  1. Kyle @ FinallyFast on April 19, 2011

    Who knew the mighty Google had so many failures, among them precursors to Twitter and Foursquare. It makes you wonder what at Google inhibited Dennis Crowley from making Dodgeball into what FourSquare has become…or similarly why Jaiku failed in Google’s hands, despite also launching in winter of 2006, while Twitter flourished. If nothing else it’s evidence of the fact that it’s not just the idea, but the execution that makes a business.

  2. Zarko on April 19, 2011

    “it’s not just the idea, but the execution that makes a business”

    Kyle, I couldn’t agree more with what you said there :)

  3. Mark @ TheBitBot SEM Blog on April 19, 2011

    Hey, without failures, you would never learn anything. I think its awesome that they tried all of that stuff. If it fails, drop it, recoup the resources and try again, and that’s how it works. Nothin’to it.

  4. Zarko on April 19, 2011

    Yeah, there is truth to it Mark, but when talking about one of the largest and richest companies in the world can we actually believe that they know what they are doing if they get an idea and try it, what happened to all their so called testing and user experience evaluation… Basically, they are in the dark, but they have resources and they can joke around and test and fail and get on, not everyone is in the position to make so many mistakes and move on like nothing happened. You and me, if we made that many mistakes we would be broke by now :)

  5. Jason Acidre on April 20, 2011

    Let’s see how well will Google +1 do, or perhaps they can start digging for the next victim.

  6. Zarko on April 20, 2011

    My thoughts exactly, I really don’t see Google +1 as something that will be sticking around too much or even becoming popular.. time will tell…

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  8. Anna on April 20, 2011

    They were real failures as some of them are completely unknown for me :) especially the first points. But I guess Google is on the right way – every failure is a chance to make something better.
    And I see more successful projects than failures with Google.

  9. Steve@Internet Lifestyle on April 21, 2011

    Zarko,

    A pretty cool infographic. I had forgotten about 3/4 of these Google failures. It is nice to see that everything they touch doesn’t turn to gold.

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  11. lawmacs on April 24, 2011

    Great infographics Zarko leaves with one thing in mind and that is if google can fails why can’t us in business we should not see it as failure just another way not to do it.

  12. DiNaRa on April 26, 2011

    Infographic is really interesting and it proves once again that Google is very powerful and rich and can afford failures (it’s not a secret that any failure means much money lost).
    I wish few failure in future but these failures make this company the most powerful in the world.

  13. charlene@Trauma services grand rapids on April 28, 2011

    Hi Zarko! I enjoyed reading this stuff. I never thought Google have these imperfections because I consider their products and features, especially Chrome and Google Docs wonderful. But anyway, it’s good to recall failures if your current state is successful. For me, failures just serve as inspiration to grow and seek for more innovations.

  14. Felicia @ No Deposit Poker on April 28, 2011

    Wow! I never really knew that Google had so many failures, and to think they are actually a very successful company. Surely after having spent so much on buying and developing websites and applications that they would have learned what’s good and what’s not already. I guess it’s a matter of trying out what might work for them and dropping it if it doesn’t.

  15. Zarko on April 28, 2011

    @Charlene and Felicia,

    yeah, failures can sometimes be a great inspiration, so I’m sure Google team sees them that way, I know they are analytics mind and soul, so they probably take all the data gathered and use it in the best possible way, and also, testing out something is sometimes the only way to see if ti works, no matter the idea…

  16. Logicspice on April 28, 2011

    Hi Zarko,
    I agree with you Google fails lots of time but they keep continue with new Ideas,
    That’s the region google is most successful search engine

  17. Zarko on April 28, 2011

    yeah, you are right, they come up or borrow plenty of ideas, some work, some don’t, that is just how things go.

  18. Shivam Garg on May 1, 2011

    Hi Zarko,
    i never knew Google had so many failures.But i think the essence is all this is that one reaches the top only after failures.And there is no fun in reaching your destination on soft roads.

  19. George@Hifu on May 2, 2011

    Hey Zarko,
    An interesting post for all to ponder on the shortages and potential of Google. Google is the best search engine so sometimes it gets a bit surprising to know about the kind of failures it comes up with from time to time but it is humans working on the data. Google has always improved itself and each time it failed it has come up with something more bigger more intense. Hope this time too Google tries to come up with some important and helpful updates.

  20. Jason @ Pet Portraits on May 13, 2011

    I would agree that Google probably did the right thing by canning #2 (catalog search, which I personally never even heard of) but not for the reason listed. I don’t think it’s true that “only people who can’t use the Internet still use paper catalogs.” If this were the case, why would merchants like TigerDirect and BH Photo still publish catalogs? There is a certain indefinable appeal to paper catalogs that the Internet may never duplicate.

  21. Penna@P2P Advantages and Disadvantages on May 13, 2011

    Lol, i remember when Google Wave was launched i applied for its invitation. The moment my application was accepted and when i used it, i was thoroughly disappointed… GOOGLE WAVE must go down as the biggest failure of Google in recent times…
    Still m sure Google hasn’t lost its Midas touch.. :)

  22. Mike Storm on May 22, 2011

    I hope Google Instant search get added to that list soon ;)

  23. Andrew Walker on May 25, 2011

    Hi Zarko,

    Google failed and then tried again while bringing new things from their previous failure. This trial and error method works perfectly. They have developed significantly in the past few years.

  24. marbella hen on June 1, 2011

    Because of Google is trying new products on daily basis. I’m sure they would have learned from these failures.

  25. Adrian@Sheds on June 20, 2011

    I think failures are always there. And, Google is not an exemption of its wrath. But I guess it’s one way of letting Google know its weaknesses. After all, it will contribute to the advancement of its future products.

  26. Lynda on June 20, 2011

    Zarko,
    I didn’t know Google failed this many times, it’s good to see though. No offense Google but I fail all the time, it’s nice to know the big guys do too! Thanks for sharing :)

  27. Tomek@8 Pack Abs on June 21, 2011

    Hey Zarko,

    I didn’t know they tried so many services, wow! We must give credit to the guys, they have ideas, take action, fail, but also succeed big time….It’s just that this company is growing into a huge gorilla!! Tomek

  28. Amanda Gordon@Vacuum Cleaners on June 22, 2011

    Holy Cow! That’s an long list of failures. I guess that goes to show that it does not really matter how many times one fails. All it matters is that you have one success. I think experimenting with different things and finding out what works is part of the process.

  29. blackpool stag nights on June 28, 2011

    Google always learn something new from failures and devote good and new featured things to its users.

  30. san antonio dentist on March 1, 2012

    I really didn’t like the feature of google graveyard.So I do like to agree with the author that google graveyard is the largest failure.

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