Question of the Day

If google disappeared today, what services from it would you really, really miss?

Searching, obviously. Gmail. Google reader. Oh, Google Docs. YouTube. Google analytics. I really wouldn’t miss Google + all that much if I’m being honest. I use that as an afterthought really. Oh, google maps! Those are my first thoughts although I’m certainly missing a few.

22 comments

  1. Gmail and Maps.
    Maybe Android. I’m still on the fence whether to go to this or iOS for my next phone.

    Not much else though, AFAIK.

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  2. Reader, search, android, maps, docs, news, calendar, finance, youtube(should be closer to front)

    lots

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  3. Just the search functions. Nothing Yahoo couldn’t replace – I barely use any of the other Google stuff.

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  4. Youtube. Maps. Docs. Those missing would alter my life.

    The ones that aren’t so important but I’d still miss:
    Trends. Autocomplete on searches. Seriously, type in “sarah palin is a” and google offers you “moron, joke, retard, liar, dumbass.” It’s like looking into the bucket of truth.

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  5. Been using Voice as my main phone line since they acquired Grand Central; would be a pretty big hassle if that disappeared.

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  6. I’d miss Google Earth. When my hubby was a long haul trucker, it came in really handy helping to find restaurants, motels and such at a glance. Plus, it was fun to ‘follow’ him visually on the road while we chatted on the phone.

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  7. google maps for sure, it helps me find subway stops when i’m out and about. plus looking at the ocean on google maps is cool, and I can see places and streets on islands I’ll probably never be able to visit.

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  8. Oh my – I’d miss the internet as I know it. Gmail (been using it for 7 years), Google Maps (they have the best navigation smarts, and terrain view, which I use planning hikes, and “my maps” which I use a lot), Picasa (tens of thousands of photos organized with it), Chrome, Google Earth, Google Books, Google News, Google Analytics.

    I’d miss a lot. (and I’m surely forgetting some)

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  9. Gmail, maps, youtube, search. I’d miss Google+ in principle. I just don’t want Facebook to have that stranglehold on the social network market, so I’ve been posting exclusively to Google+, but nobody else is.

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  10. Google Earth and Streetview. I like monitoring the world as if I were working for Big Brother in the Ministry of Love.

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  11. Dropping my Cynical-C avatar into the Google image search bar and finding a list of all my recent Cynical-C comments (just discovered this use).

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    1. I’d miss putting random words into image search and seeing what comes out. The maps are useful as are the SMS text message searches (paying for cell phone Internet by-the-minute adds up really fast).

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  12. I already switched to Bing (seems to return more scholarly results) so I wouldn’t miss searching. But I would really miss YouTube. I don’t use any other Google product to speak of.

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  13. The search function, maps. Not gmail; I don’t really have much of a problem with using hotmail or something.

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  14. Google Translate. I use it all the time to get the gist of what my Swedish cousins are Facebooking about. I know there are other options out there, but it’s fast and easy.

    Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Docs. I love the integration…even though it kind of freaks me out, it is super convenient.

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