Stop Loss of Google Products? No Way…

Jay Decenella, IT audit expert
October 15, 2011 /

Google is shutting down some of its products including Google Buzz, Code Search, Code Search API, and Jaiku, saying “changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past.”

“We aspire to build great products that really change people’s lives, products they use two or three times a day,” said Bradley Horowitz, Vice President, Product.

Early in September, Google shut down Aardvark (which helped people answer each other’s question), Desktop (in which users had instant access to their data, whether online or offline), Fast Flip (which helped pioneer news content browsing and reading experiences for the web and mobile devices), Google Maps API for Flash (which provided ActionScript developers a way to integrate Google Maps into their applications) among others.

“To succeed you need real focus and thought—thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don’t work on. It’s why we recently decided to shut down some products, and turn others into features of existing products.”

Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.

In a few weeks, Google said it will shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+.

While people obviously won’t be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout, according to the search giant.

Jaiku, a product Google acquired in 2007 that lets users send updates to friends, will shut down on January 15, 2012.

We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku,” Google said.

Several years ago, Google enabled people to interact socially on iGoogle. With its new focus on Google+, iGoogle’s social features will be removed on January 15, 2012.

iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are.

The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to Google’s search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012.

In addition, later today the Google Labs site will shut down, and as previously announced, and the former websites will be replaced by Google Product Search.

“We learned a lot from products like Buzz, and are putting that learning to work every day in our vision for products like Google+. Our users expect great things from us; today’s announcements let us focus even more on giving them something truly awesome,” Horowitz said.


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