osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Two Google Products Go -- Can GoogleTalk Last?

Google has pulled the plug on two interesting products: its PowerMeter which was designed to work with smart meters and GoogleHealth, designed to allow patients control their medical information. Both were pulled for lack of use.

I'm not sure if the products were simply ahead of their time, poorly marketed, or if an insufficient number of people understand why they should want to control their own information in this way. It also makes me wonder for the longevity of GoogleTalk Google Voice, which I gather is not terribly popular either.

Curious if other folks have heard anything/have informed speculation.

Update: My bad. I wrote "GoogleTalk" but actually meant "Google Voice," the phone product that lets you route all calls via a single phone number.

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