Inspired by this comment in the Targets thread:
It’s got me thinking about legacy software you once loved but doesn’t exist anymore…
in b4 someone mentions MSN Messenger
I might well have been one of a small minority (which is why it got canned) but I loved Google Wave. I got the use case instantly. In fact, my band wrote a whole album pretty much using Wave - one wave per song to write lyrics, drop in melody ideas, debate arrangements and structures, etc.
It was awesome.
A lot of it got implemented into Docs, but I still miss it.
Also Google Reader! Now that one was popular. I still don’t really understand why Google killed it. I read an interesting comment recently from my friend, Anil Dash (CEO of Fog Creek Software). He opined that the death of Google Reader was a turning point between people curating their own news feeds, to being given their own feed from an algorithm a la Facebook, which leads to corruption like the whole Cambridge Analytica thing. It’s an interesting take, and I think there’s a lot of truth in it.
What software of old do you miss?