Google Says Goodbye to its Services

Google is continuing to shut down services which aren’t its core business – This is thanks to Larry Page, Co-Founder and now CEO. He’s been actively doing this ever since he was appointed chief. Today, they close down more services as Google says goodbye to five more services, the most prominent of which are Google Video and iGoogle, its personalized homepage offering.

Clearly iGoogle is outdate, who uses a homepage anymore? During a time where homepages were portals to people’s entry points to the internet, now people just never close their browsers. However, not everyone shares the same sentiments; consumers have really shown their disagreement with the decision to cut iGoogle as people have used it and been accustomed to it. However, iGoogle is not completely disappearing until November 1st, 2013, which allows consumers to get the most of their homepage, as well as export their user data.

Another service getting the boot is Google Video, which always seemed pointless to me since Google also owns YouTube. Apparently, it’s a surprise that Google Video is still alive as it has discontinued uploads since May 2009. For all of you who have used Google Video, you should get your videos over to YouTube as Google Video will shut down effectively on August 20th.

Other services disappearing into the internet void include Google’s Symbian Search App (bookmark, Google advises), Google Talk Chatback (a Google Talk widget for websites) and Google Mini, an enterprise appliance. Don’t be alarmed, Google isn’t leaving the enterprise at all, they just realized that the functionality of the Mini is offered by other products such as Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search. However, if you are a Mini customer, Google is going to honor your existing contract.

Here is a list of other Google Products no longer in service:

Google Bookmarks Lists, Google Friend Connect, Google Gears, Google Search Timeline, Google Wave, Knol, Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE<C), Aardvark, Desktop, Fast Flip, Google Maps API for Flash, Google Pack, Google Web Security, Image Labeler, Notebook, Sidewiki, Subscribed Links,Google Flu Vaccine Finder, Google Related, Google Sync for BlackBerry, mobile web app for Google Talk, One Pass, Patent Search, Picasa for Linux, Picasa Web Albums Uploader for Mac and Picasa Web Albums Plugin for iPhoto, and all Slide products. 

I don’t know about you but my favorite Google product that is no longer in service would have to be the iGoogle. It has been my homepage for a while and I’ve gotten used to seeing everything all in one page. What are your thoughts? Are you glad that some of these products are gone? Did you even know that these products existed? Or do you feel a sense of sadness?


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