Google's Graveyard

Killed Google Products

Google giveth, and Google taketh away. On the left you can see the ever growing list of all those services and API's Google laid to rest. Every page contains a description, data on when it was started and stopped, whether the service was invented by Google or was a hired gun, a list of alternatives, and more.

Anyone can update the site and add services to it. For this you need a free Silk account. Once you are logged in, every page is editable. We'll see how well that goes.

Because we made this site with Silk, we can dive in the numbers and see if we can make some sense out of Google euthanasia policies.

For those inclined to do some analysis themselves, there is an interactive table of the whole dataset. Graphs and tables can be played with by hitting the 'explore' link on the top right.

Graph of all killed products by active days

As we can see, most services stayed alive for 1,000 to 2,000 days.

These products stayed around the longest

Let's take a closer look at services that crossed the 5 year mark by creating a table where the number of active days is bigger than 1825 days.

Breakdown by Kind

Below we can see that only 7.7% of the killed services are APIs, and that standalone products and parts of services both are equally well represented.

Almost every killed product has alternatives

Luckily, there are alternatives to most killed products. This table lists all of them.