Google Buzz

It had to happen at some point considering it was noted during Google Q3 earnings call on Thursday. Google Buzz, the short-lived social service that was never widely used and flawed from the start has been put to rest. Along with it, Code Search and Jaiku will soon be wiped from the interwebs. As noted on the Google Blog:

  • 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.

While we doubt anyone will miss Buzz all that much since Google+ is what they should have done from the beginning. Code Search though was something I used often so that will be missed. Also on its way out is the Google Labs website where things will be replaced by Product Search.

Source: Google Blog

 

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Google lightens their load - Buzz, Code Search and Jaiku laid to rest

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When Google Buzz was released, Google Apps customers (i.e. those that PAY for Google's services) were told they would have access to it "in the near future"... Two years on, we STILL have no access to Google Buzz and now they're discontinuing it?