Here today, gone tomorrow

We love our Web 2.0 tools.  We especially love the ones that are free.  They level the playing field (perhaps).  They help democracy thrive (supposedly).  But they also have an annoying habit of disappearing (without question).  For example…

  • Google Moderator is a very cool tool.  Simple.  Easy to get people to contribute ideas for something and sort them out at the same time.  But for whatever reason, Google decided to stop developing it.  On the positive side, they still let us use it.

  • Now Google tells me that November 2013 they are going to discontinue iGoogle.  After enticing me to try it, hooking me, and making me come to take it for granted as my home page, I’m told that “With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for something like iGoogle has eroded over time…”  Who says?  I’ve checked out all the recommended alternatives and none comes close to providing what I’ve come to depend on, compliments Google.

  • Most recently, I’ve learned Tungle is no longer to be.  Another tool I’ve used frequently and recommended to others, Tungle is a brilliant creation for helping people schedule time together.  You simply drag across open times on your calendar and “paint” your availability.  Send a link to the people you need to meet with and they paint their free times onto yours.  Quickly, it becomes clear when you are all available.  Tungle adjusts for time zones and even books the meeting for you once a common time is found.  But alas, no more Tungle.

Considering storing all your data in the cloud?  Have you ever spent time lying in the grass, looking up at the clouds as they move, change shape, and disappear?

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