Google services are being axed left and right, due to Larry Page’s continual focus on what-matters to his company, via advice from Steve Jobs. It’s not bad advice at all, and I think companies have cycles of both experimentation and focus. It just happens to be in the focus phase.
And when Google decides to axe a product, it’s probably worth asking why they axed it. Is it because it’s untenable or it’s no longer needed, like iGoogle? Or is it because it no longer fits into the strategy of company?
Google Bookmarks Lists, Google Friend Connect, Google Gears, Google Search Timeline, Google Wave, Knol, Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE<C), Aardvark, Desktop, Fast Flip, Google Maps API for Flash, Google Pack, Google Web Security, Image Labeler, Notebook, Sidewiki, Subscribed Links,Google Flu Vaccine Finder, Google Related, Google Sync for BlackBerry, mobile web app for Google Talk, One Pass, Patent Search, Picasa for Linux, Picasa Web Albums Uploader for Mac and Picasa Web Albums Plugin for iPhoto, and all Slide products.
I suspect that some of them here are perfectly good startup ideas that are worth reviewing. What are small potatoes for Google may just be a mountain for you.