Friday, October 14, 2011

News: Google closes Google Buzz and Code Search

As Google started focussing on its Google+, it is not a surprise that Google Buzz will be closed within a few weeks. It is an ultimate output from the slip-ups of Buzz. Google’s Bradley Horowitz says, "We learned privacy is not a feature... it is foundational to the product. (...) But probably the best lesson we learned is about how to introduce a product. We started very slowly with Google+ -- in a limited Field Trial - in order to listen and learn and gather plenty of real-world feedback". Though Google Buzz was integrated with Gmail and it allowed to share the favorite Google Reader posts automatically, it will no longer be available for us as a Google feature.

At the same time, it is not even a surprise that Google will close Jaiku, a product acquired back in 2007 that was later open-sourced or that Google will disable iGoogle’s social features powered by OpenSocial. Besides, Google will shut down Code Search. It has a great API that was used in plug-ins for software like Eclipse.

"We aspire to build great products that really change people's lives, products they use two or three times a day. To succeed you need real focus and thought—thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don't work on. It's why we recently decided to shut down some products, and turn others into features of existing products," explains Bradley Horowitz.

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