Google Planned to Shut Down Buzz Service

Google announced that Google Buzz and several other products shut down by January 15, 2012.

The list of Products Slated for Closure

Google is continuing its trend of narrowing focus with the announcement of a "fall sweep." In this case, what's being swept away is a number of products that haven't been popular enough for Google to warrant continued support and development. As mentioned above, those products include:

  •     Google Buzz. This is certainly the most noteworthy shutdown, although far from the least predictable. Buzz was introduced in February of 2010 and garnered lots of early attention, but failed to gain traction or long-term support. Buzz will be shut down in the next "few weeks."
  •    Code Search. This niche search tracked down open source code, but both it and its API will be closed for business on January 15th, 2012.
  •     University Research Program for Google Search. This program gave academic researchers API access to search results, but will discontinue on January 15th, 2012.
  •      iGoogle social features. While iGoogle will continue as normal, all features that gave social capabilities will be closed in favor of Google+ on January 15th, 2012.
  •      Jaiku. This social updating feature acquired by Google in 2007 will be shut down on January 15th, 2012.  More>>
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