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12:34 pm on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Google To Close Bookmark Lists, Friend Connect, Gears, and Others [googleblog.blogspot.com]
Google Bookmarks Lists... end on December 19, 2011. All bookmarks within Lists will be retained and labeled for easier identification, while the rest of Google Bookmarks will function as usual.


Google Friend Connect—Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. We're retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012.


Google Gears—In March we said goodbye to the Gears browser extension for creating offline web applications and stopped supporting new browsers. On December 1, 2011, Gears-based Gmail and Calendar offline will stop working across all browsers, and later in December Gears will no longer be available for download.


Google Search Timeline—We’re removing this graph of historical results for a query.


Google Wave—We announced that we’d stopped development on Google Wave over a year ago. But as of January 31, 2012, Wave will become read-only and you won’t be able to create new ones. On April 30 we will turn it off completely.


Knol—We launched Knol in 2007 to help improve web content by enabling experts to collaborate on in-depth articles. In order to continue this work, we’ve been working with Solvitor and Crowd Favorite to create Annotum, an open-source scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress. Knol will work as usual until April 30, 2012, and you can download your knols to a file and/or migrate them to WordPress.com. From May 1 through October 1, 2012, knols will no longer be viewable, but can be downloaded and exported. After that time, Knol content will no longer be accessible.


Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE<C)— At this point, other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level.
2:04 pm on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It sure looks as if Google is keen to get shot of all the non profitable areas of its business. If nothing else it reduces operational costs, and directs more man power to the cash cow areas of Google.

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2:08 pm on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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What's in the next Spring Clean? Google+ ?
2:13 pm on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Long awaited housekeeping; most are technically obsolete and have been replaced by better ideas, but at least one - knol - simply failed.

No surprise; it was overrun by idiots and spammers from day 1; Google need to learn that new 'content' systems can't be policed by 'complaints' alone - they need to invest in human overseers, at least until things settle down.

Not that I'm criticising Google+ at all ;)
6:39 pm on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Just a lot of broken toys cluttering up the shop.
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I'm looking forward to the day when they just shutdown google.com.
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I'm looking forward to the day when they just shutdown google.com


Reminds me of King Canute, but feel free to dream!
1:40 am on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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The email from Google subject line reads:
Google Wave Sunsetting in 2012

Sunsetting? Somehow that makes it look like it had a good journey. I never understood Google Wave, and I don't even remember what it was meant for.
5:04 am on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Here's a tip:

Start with a better idea!
2:33 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I can see into the future....

Google+ -- We announced that we’d stopped development on Google+ over a year ago. But as of January 31, 2013, Google+ will become read-only and you won’t be able to create new ones. On April 30 we will turn it off completely.
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"Google Search Timeline" could have been potentially usefull to webmasters (eventhough I never really used it). It can't require more than 2 developers, not sure why they are closing it.

Google Friend Connect: now is this being replaced by anything? I never used it (either) but I just watched the video on it, and it seems to be their version of the social plugin that FB has for websites. Now that is an important field to be in to, no? Also it seems it could do newletter subscribtions, which is good for small webmasters.

Finally, engine you forgot another important closure Solar Thermal Energy: [wired.com...]
3:38 pm on Nov 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hugene, thanks, but I felt it was so important I gave it its own thread. [webmasterworld.com]
12:23 pm on Nov 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Knol—We launched Knol in 2007 to help improve web content by enabling experts to collaborate on in-depth articles.


in 2007 wikipedia was hot, coincidence ?

I won't miss any of these products.
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Looks like Page is taking Steve Jobs advice: Jobs told him to focus on fewer things and do them really well.

I also expect see Google+ to be on a list like this in a year or two.
8:55 pm on Dec 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It must suck to have to have to be run as a publicly traded entity. Now you have to do things that actually make money, instead of screwing around like a bunch of overly rich, entitled adults acting like teenagers.

Me, I still get to screw around :).