Google Axes 7 More Products/Initiatives in Fall Spring-Cleaning Effort

Google logoBack in September, Google announced that it would be conducting a fall spring-cleaning over the coming months in order to eliminate the products that aren't providing the expected results and focus on those that are. It is now in the third phase of this cleaning process.

Google has announced the elimination of seven products/initiatives in its latest bout of cleaning. These seven items include Google Bookmarks Lists, Google Friend Connect, Google Wave, Google Gears, Google Search Timeline, Knol and Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal.

Google Bookmarks Lists allowed users to share bookmarks with friends. It will end December 19, 2011, but all bookmarks within lists will remain. Google Bookmarks will run normally.

Google Friend Connect gives webmasters the ability to add social features to their websites via a specific code. This will be eliminated for all non-Blogger sites starting March 1, 2012.

Google Wave is both a conversation and a document where users are allowed to communicate and work together via text, photos, videos, etc. It will become read-only on January 31, 2012, and will be turned off completely April 30, 2012.

Google Gears was a browser that was eliminated in March, but starting December 1, 2011, its email and calendars will say goodbye as well. In late December, it will be impossible to download Gears altogether.

Google Search Timeline is a graph of historical trends. Users will still be able to search particular time periods via refinement tools on the search page.

Knol helps experts work together on "in-depth articles." From May 1, 2012 to October 1, 2012, Knols will be available for download but will not be viewable. After October 1, it will cease.

The Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative aimed to lower the costs of renewable energy, but Google mentioned that other institutions are "better positioned" to take this matter head on. It published its results, but will end its efforts. However, Google is present in many other renewable energy efforts, such as a $75 million residential solar panel venture and offshore wind turbine projects.

Google started its fall spring-cleaning in early September when it eliminated products like Aardvark, Google Pack, Image Labeler, and Fast Flip. It continued cleaning in a second session in October, where Code Search, Google Buzz, Jaiku, iGoogle, and the University Research Program for Google Search were removed.


Source: DailyTech

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