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Dead products that we loved

over 7 years ago from , Chief Product Officer @ CompStak

Who has a startup, product or project that you poured your heart and soul into, and loved, and then it died?

Could have been death by client, metrics, finances, etc... what killed it?

80 comments

  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I really miss Google Reader, even though it wasn't mine. My RSS experience hasn't fully recovered since it died.

    32 points
  • Luis La TorreLuis La Torre, over 7 years ago

    Readmill. Not quite dead yet, but soon I guess.

    17 points
  • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, over 7 years ago

    I miss Google Wave.

    I never really used it, but a friend showed me his workflow with it and it seemed so perfect. I feel like we're just getting that experience back with Slack and its integrations.

    11 points
  • Bardan Gauchan, over 7 years ago

    Even though I wasn't involved in it, I always loved Gowalla. (Somebody had to bring it up!)

    I'm trying to learn iOS dev so I can finally build something like it. Something to track my travel adventures!

    8 points
    • Gavin AnthonyGavin Anthony, over 7 years ago

      Gowalla was awesome. Was so much better than foursquare for a while!

      1 point
    • Louis-André LabadieLouis-André Labadie, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      Ah, then I have some good news for you: A few of the Gowalla guys are picking up where they left!

      http://last.co

      2 points
      • Bardan Gauchan, over 7 years ago

        Yea, I really excited for that one! Now we just need Tim Van Damme to join the group and it will be Gowalla team again.

        0 points
    • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, over 7 years ago

      Gowalla really felt special. Foursquare felt like a numbers game with a leaderboard, and Gowalla made me want to go exploring. Bah.

      0 points
    • Evan PEvan P, over 7 years ago

      Gowalla is something I mourn weekly. It felt like I was chronicling my travels instead of racing for points.

      When I was in Cincinnati there were a bunch of active users that built out some really cool trips around it - there was a local beer exploration one, and an underground railroad one... Man I miss that service.

      0 points
      • Bardan Gauchan, over 7 years ago

        Yea I really thought they would win out over Foursquare. Kudos to Foursquare, they did a great job. I felt that they were two different products but I guess they overlapped in many ways, hence people only stuck with one.

        I'm currently using Foursquare to keep track of the places I've been to but now I'm worried that Foursquare might go out of business. That's why I'm feeling the need to learn iOS dev and create something myself so I don't get left in the cold. Haha

        0 points
  • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Geocities. I'm not sure I'd be lying if I said I owe my entire career to it.

    7 points
  • Jamie MartinJamie Martin, over 7 years ago

    Audiogalaxy

    5 points
    • Max SchultzMax Schultz, over 7 years ago

      wow had forgotten about that one!

      0 points
    • Eduardo NunesEduardo Nunes, over 7 years ago

      This. It was such a well thought-out service, and way ahead of its time. After it was shut down (or rather converted into a streaming service), I had to settle for SoulSeek — but it was nowhere near as good.

      0 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    ICQ and then, Winamp.

    5 points
  • Jeff EscalanteJeff Escalante, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Editorially. I mean, I didn't work on it, but I loved it : )

    4 points
  • Laurie CaiLaurie Cai, over 7 years ago

    xanga .__.

    4 points
  • Andrew DavidsonAndrew Davidson, over 7 years ago

    Aldus Freehand, befor Macromedia bought it. I knew I was on a sinking ship as I saw Illustrator's rise to fame and ubiquity, but loved Freehand nonetheless.

    4 points
  • Stephen GraceStephen Grace, over 7 years ago

    Sparrow. Still living in ignorant bliss that push notifications will come for iOS.

    3 points
    • Andrew-David JahchanAndrew-David Jahchan, over 7 years ago

      I still use Sparrow as my main email app on my iMac and on iOS :/ I've tried literally every OSX email app that's been released since and not a single one compares. I'm just waiting for the day I can finally switch.

      0 points
      • John MorrisJohn Morris, over 7 years ago

        Mailbox is coming to OSX, maybe that day is soon.

        1 point
        • Andrew-David JahchanAndrew-David Jahchan, over 7 years ago

          That's true, but as long as it doesn't support all types of emails, I won't be able to use it. I have a lot of different email addresses (companies, personal, projects, etc) and most of them are custom domains/IMAP.

          Mailbox, so far, only supports gmail (and iCloud) email addresses, which is why I can't use the iOS version right now. Just waiting for that update!

          0 points
    • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, over 7 years ago

      Man, what an app this was. I used to recommend this thing like my son made it in art class or something.

      0 points
  • Callil CapuozzoCallil Capuozzo, over 7 years ago

    http://designers.mx/ !!

    The way it used to be at least. Got me through a lot of days. Sometimes I feel like my music is so sterilized now with spotify, no mixes etc.

    3 points
  • Lucian MarinLucian Marin, over 7 years ago

    Microsoft Encarta. Versions 2000-2003 had the perfect flat design. What killed it!?

    3 points
  • Account deleted over 7 years ago

    The old Myspace. Only because I was so lame.

    2 points
  • Jared KrauseJared Krause, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Weejay.

    A (free) social jukebox for bars and restaurants. It was wonderful, I WANTED to use it, and one of the best apps I've ever design. It was even starting to gain traction. Died because the founder got cold feet and decided getting married and taking a safe job made more sense.

    App that wasn't mine? Catch.

    It was a note taking app, acquired by Apple last year. Somewhat of an Evernote competitor.

    A coworker and I used it constantly to remember app/product ideas together. You could create a shared notebook, and it worked quite well. My girlfriend and I also used it to share/plan date ideas. Thinking about making my own version.

    2 points
  • Willie MorrisWillie Morris, over 7 years ago

    A few years ago (2010-ish) I was working on a dashboard that integrated a bunch of common social media & web services and organized it by type of data instead of service to make it easier to handle massive multitasking.

    I rolled off because clients were too hard to work with - project ended up getting completely bastardized, but it actually still lives on at hubbley.com - don't judge me, I had nothing to do with the current Frankenstein.

    2 points
    • Jeff Domke, over 7 years ago

      I feel you. When I ask people about this, the "don't judge me" thing is really common.

      Most of the time you rather it just died than a bunch of other people mess with it and turn it into a Frankenstein.

      0 points
      • Willie MorrisWillie Morris, over 7 years ago

        Exactly, but it is fun to go down memory lane from time to time. Something like this thread could be an offshoot of clients from hell - projects that went to hell with before and after photos :)

        0 points
  • Stefan TrkuljaStefan Trkulja, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    A long time ago, we built a prototype of a service that was essentially the same as polarb now (except that it was aimed at the most casual user), along with a supercool mascot. What's left of it is this splash page I've made: http://dilemmo.com/

    RIP

    2 points
  • Dale-Anthony WilliamsDale-Anthony Williams, over 7 years ago

    I designed a pretty cool dashboard that I was really proud of when I worked at Apple Retail, it had all sorts of cool stuff displayed on it, but for obvious reasons when I left Apple I had to leave the project behind too.

    2 points
  • Bjørn RostadBjørn Rostad, over 7 years ago

    Gowalla. Awesome mascot. Great icons and badges. Beautiful design.

    1 point
  • Mitch TurckMitch Turck, over 7 years ago

    Gaah... I started a blog once a few years back called UndeadBlogs.com, which was supposed to be a roundup of the best blogs that lost their steam. Of course, I never kept up with it.

    1 point
  • Brad McNallyBrad McNally, over 7 years ago

    I really liked Lala at the time. I'm extremely happy with Rdio now though.

    1 point
    • Jake ZienJake Zien, over 7 years ago

      I loved Lala back then, too. It "just worked", which is more than I can say for iTunes Match.

      0 points
  • Will BakerWill Baker, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Not my product, but Dreamcast! Awesomely innovate platform on so many levels.

    Years ago, I designed a sort of music distribution platform/CMS that enabled independent musicians to create and customize their own 'professional' websites and iOS apps, through which they could sell their music and earn 100% of the proceeds (vs. iTunes' 60%+ or whatever it is these days). The project began well before similar (though significantly less robust) platforms like Bandcamp, but eventually went under because the founder was bootstrapping (so as to keep the platform completely independent) and didn't move to a paid subscription model until it was too late.

    1 point
  • Account deleted over 7 years ago

    iCAST.

    Death by an insane burn-rate and being about 5 years ahead of it's time. The growth of broadband happened a few years too late.

    1 point
  • adam stogdilladam stogdill, over 7 years ago

    I think it was called "Iheartsandy.com" it's was like a virtual assistant service you could text/email/etc in plain text and it would remind you. I loved it... some company bought it and shut it down...

    1 point
  • Adam HowellAdam Howell, over 7 years ago

    I had a fun project I launched several years ago called Sportsify

    http://cl.ly/image/1r0g333x3M2b

    It did 2 things: aggregated sports sites' win or lose projections for upcoming NCAA & NFL football games, so in this screenshot 88% of the sports sites had picked the Saints to beat the Vikings. And it took all the weekly NFL, NBA, etc. power rankings from around the web and aggregated them into a definitive "uber ranking".

    Got too hard to keep up with the site scraping, especially since I never saw a way for it to really make money.

    Also abandoned an app a couple years ago called FlickPredict

    http://cl.ly/image/3X2F0d2m3j1F

    My friends and I often predict what the Rotten Tomatoes scores of upcoming movies will be. I wanted to make an app that captured this, but the logistics of it get pretty hard once you start trying to actually build it, especially since RT scores come out at all different times.

    1 point
  • Joacim NilssonJoacim Nilsson, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    TimeSquare

    An App that let's you book anything... Restaurant, Conferences, Bowling, Hockey, Football, Gym, Sauna.. Everything with a design pattern nearly as Vine has. I had to quit it because of financial difficulty.

    Now I'm running cooler ideas! named Blooox and Anview.

    1 point
  • Jeff Domke, over 7 years ago

    Mine was Capsule: a web/mobile digital time capsule.

    We couldn't get product market fit or investment... then all the founders couldn't agree on how to move forward and we split... now its dead.

    1 point
  • Harry JonesHarry Jones, over 7 years ago

    Everpix. I migrated to PictureLife but it's just not the same.

    0 points
  • Updula LeeUpdula Lee, over 7 years ago

    iGoogle.

    0 points
  • Bady QbBady Qb, over 7 years ago

    readmill https://readmill.com/epilogue

    0 points
  • Chad WhitakerChad Whitaker, over 7 years ago

    Sparrow — http://sparrowmailapp.com/

    Bought by Google and development was shutdown. I still use it today as I haven't found a comparable replacement.

    0 points