When a company has as many successful products as Google, you get the impression that everything they touch turns to gold.
Well, it doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Donald Bell, and in this episode of Top 5 weÃ¯Â¿Â½re going to take a look back at some Google products that didnÃ¯Â¿Â½t live up to their expectation.
-------- BODY -------- Number five harkens back to an era when the Internet was crazy about Second Life Google wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t going to be left behind, so they made this.
They called it Lively, and the reason youÃ¯Â¿Â½ve never heard of it is because Google pulled the plug after just 6 months.
At #4, Google Buzz.
Aside from the fact that nobody knew why they needed GoogleÃ¯Â¿Â½s awkward social network, it was a privacy nightmare right out of the gate.
One of CNETs most popular articles on Google Buzz, was on how to turn it off.
Number 3 is going to get me some hate mail, but IÃ¯Â¿Â½m giving it to GoogleÃ¯Â¿Â½s Android 3 tablet OS, Honeycomb.
It was supposed to be GoogleÃ¯Â¿Â½s iPad killer, but it took almost a year before it ran on a tablet that wasnÃ¯Â¿Â½t clunky, overpriced, or wrapped in a two-year contract.
At that point, Android app developers were already pinning their hopes on Android 4. At #2, Google Wave.
Google took everything they did well: email, instant messaging, and collaboration, and they built a glorious mashup that couldnÃ¯Â¿Â½t fail.
This still gives me headaches when I look at it.
They should have named it Google Titanic.
Now before we get to our #1 Google flop and before you start feeling too bad for Google, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s just take a brief look at a few of the hundreds of crazy successful Google products that you probably use every day.
A company like this can afford to fail a few times, but IÃ¯Â¿Â½m sure this number one still burns a bit.
You have to admire the stones it took to launch this without nailing down the major content deals ahead of time.
And poor Logitech.
Their reward for making GoogleÃ¯Â¿Â½s set top box was $100 million dollars in lost profits.
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I'm Donald Bell, thanks for watching.