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Google cleans house



/ 5 years ago

The success so far of Google+ has resulted in Google re-focusing its efforts in this area and will see the closure of a number of products to focus more clearly on the areas which seem to be working quite well and consolidating those products which are working to a more effective over-all product range .

Here’s the latest update on what’s happening:

  • 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 we’ll 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.
  • Jaiku, a product we acquired in 2007 that let 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.
  • Several years ago, we gave people the ability to interact socially on iGoogle. With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle’s social features 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 our 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, Boutiques.com and the former Like.com websites will be replaced by Google Product Search.

With more people moving to Google+ the focus will hopefully lead to more successful social network, that is of course going to rely on listening to the users and not messing around with the interface to the degree others have and avoiding the frustration other social networks have caused a large number of their users.