Google closing down iGoogle, Google video and more

Ever since Google co-founder Larry Page took over as CEO they have been cutting back or cleaning up various products and services. Since Autumn last year they have closed or combined more than 30 products.

Today they have announced on their blog that they will be closing Google Mini, Google Talk Chatback, Google Video, Symbian Search App and iGoogle.

  • The Google Mini has been an important part of our Enterprise Search offering since it was first introduced in 2005. It’s had a good run, but beginning July 31 we’re discontinuing the product because its functionality can be better provided by products like Google Search Appliance, Google Site Search and Google Commerce Search. We will of course continue to provide technical support to Mini customers for the duration of their contracts, and will reach out to them shortly with more details.
  • Google Talk Chatback allowed websites to embed a Google Talk widget so that they could engage with their visitors. It’s now outdated, so we’re turning off Chatback and encouraging websites to use the Meebo bar.
  • Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009. Later this summer we’ll be moving the remaining hosted content to YouTube. Google Video users have until August 20 to migrate, delete or download their content. We’ll then move all remaining Google Video content to YouTube as private videos that users can access in the YouTube video manager. For more details, please see our post on the YouTube blog.
  • On November 1, 2013, iGoogle will be retired. We originally launched iGoogle in 2005 before anyone could fully imagine the ways that today’s web and mobile apps would put personalized, real-time information at your fingertips. With modern apps that run on platforms like Chrome and Android, the need for iGoogle has eroded over time, so we’ll be winding it down. Users will have 16 months to adjust or export their data.
  • We’ll soon be retiring our Symbian Search App to focus our efforts on our mobile web search experience. We encourage you to go to www.google.com and make it your homepage or bookmark it. Switching from the app to the web experience will enable users to make the most of the web-wide improvements we make for search all the time.

It is good that Google are doing this spring cleaning. It frees up time and resources to focus on other services which work. However, if you used any of the services regularly (I find iGoogle a tremendous way of checking various RSS feeds) then some may come as a bit of a blow.

How do you feel about Google closing these services? Will you miss any of them?

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Posted on July 4, 2012, in News, Software, Tech and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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