Saturday, October 15, 2011

Google to shutdown Google Buzz, Google Labs


By on 10/15/2011 06:32:00 AM


In every post that I published in this blog, I always used Google Buzz to share my content to the web. But sad to note, Google will finally shutdown Google Buzz together with Google Labs few weeks from now.

The announcement was published in a blog post saying that the shutdown on Google Buzz and the Buzz API is geared for more improvement on Google's products and in order for them to focus on Google+.
We aspire to build great products that really change people’s lives, products they use two or three times a day. 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.


-Bradley Horowitz, Vice President, Product at Google

Aside from Google Buzz, Google Labs will also shutdown, and as previously announced, Boutiques.com and the former Like.com websites will be replaced by Google Product Search.
Google Labs, Google Buzz to shutdown

More changes happening in Google are the following:

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Jaiku, a product Google acquired in 2007 that lets users send updates to friends, will be shut down on January 15, 2012. 
  • Lastly, Google will remove iGoogle’s social features on January 15, 2012 to further concentrate on Google+.
“Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past. 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,” writes Bradley Horowitz, Vice President, Product at Google.
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Joel a.k.a "scolex" is a teacher, a gamer and a blogger. He is currently a public secondary school teacher, teaching science and ICT related subjects. He is fond of playing strategy games and MMORPG - he was first addicted to Ragnarok. Now, he blogs on this main blog and he is honing his skills in web design and SEO.