Google closes down even more of its services

For the past year or so, Google has been slowly shutting down a number of its previous services and side businesses. The last such "spring cleaning" announcement was made in early August. Today, Google revealed that it has closed, or soon will, quite a few of its services.

A new post on Google's blog has the details on the changes. One of the biggest ones concerns the amount of cloud storage service that users of its Google Drive and Picasa will have access to in the future. The post states, " ... users will have five GB of free storage across both services. If you’re paying for storage, your free storage will now be counted towards your total. So if you buy a 100GB plan, it will give you 100GB of total storage instead of adding adding to what you already had."

Google will also begin to shut down AdSense for Feeds next week and it will shut down completely on December 3. This feature let websites earn some extra income by putting in ad banners in their RSS feeds. Google will also close Classic Plus, which allowed users to upload a photo as a background when they checked out Google.com. No more new photos will be allowed starting in mid-October and it will close completely in December.

Other services that have been shut down include removing the Places Directory Android app from Google Play, merging Insights for Search and Trends for Websites into one Google Trends service and turning off Spreadsheet Gadgets in Google Spreadsheets sometime in 2013.

Source: Google blog | Image via Google

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Wish they would shutdown Google Apps because it sucks. Our business went to it and Google Drive is awful, the GMail web interface is terrible and on top of it Google Enterprise support sucks also.

Users of the Google Fiber service get a 1TB Google Drive along with their subscription. By this time next year they will have 1000s of people with 1TB Google Drives just sitting there.

They might be closing some holes on that service and some others to try and keep loads at their data centers manageable.

Smart moves by Google here. They're starting to focus solely on their core products, instead of letting a bunch of stuff hang around.

AmazingRando said,
I hope they don't shut down Google Reader ever.

I like the service, too.
Then again it COULD be replaced quite simple: Use apps that don't synch with Google Reader but either another service of that sort or use their own synching mechanisms (e.g. an iPhone app could synch via iCloud or Dropbox with a Mac counterpart app etc...).

Much more concerned about stuff that's not easily replaced or which would make a lot of effort to download the data I saved.

Then again, I simply don't want to lose Google Reader.
It's a solid, polished product, with a good web interface and I really like it.
Not unreplacable, but VERY bad if we'd lose it.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

I like the service, too.
Then again it COULD be replaced quite simple: Use apps that don't synch with Google Reader but either another service of that sort or use their own synching mechanisms (e.g. an iPhone app could synch via iCloud or Dropbox with a Mac counterpart app etc...).

Much more concerned about stuff that's not easily replaced or which would make a lot of effort to download the data I saved.

Then again, I simply don't want to lose Google Reader.
It's a solid, polished product, with a good web interface and I really like it.
Not unreplacable, but VERY bad if we'd lose it.

GS:mac


IMHO, Google Reader is the best (if not the only usable) web-based RSS reader I can find. My requirements are (in order of importance):

1. Let me subscribe to RSS feeds.
2. Store unread entries for me and let me read it later.
3. Provide interface for mobile devices.
4. Let me search for previous entries.
5. Nice UI.

Alternatives I found didn't let me subscribe to any RSS feeds (restricting the source), showing the last 10~15 entries and/ or didn't have interface for mobile devices.

I don't use their search engine too much (yes I use bing, sometimes duckduckgo), I don't use Gmail (yes I use Outlook.com), but I read RSS entries on Google Reader everyday...

Never used any of these products. Not sad to see them go though. Is it me or does every piece of software feel cheap. I get that it's free n all. Just feel like "Hey!" adding some cool designs/colors would be inexpensive and cool. Whatever Goog, you're free, that's all that matters.

Edit: except Google Maps. <- lifesaver

Remember the "outrage" from a few months ago when Microsoft announced that new SkyDrive users would only get 7GB of data, while existing users would stay at 25GB at the free level?

I predict that a number of people will be perfectly fine with the GDrive changes, where users get less data at the free and paid tiers, and there will be excuses as to why it is a good thing.

nohone said,
Remember the "outrage" from a few months ago when Microsoft announced that new SkyDrive users would only get 7GB of data, while existing users would stay at 25GB at the free level?

I predict that a number of people will be perfectly fine with the GDrive changes, where users get less data at the free and paid tiers, and there will be excuses as to why it is a good thing.

Outrage? There wasn't much complaints about that. 7gb is more then what Google offers anyway.

link6155 said,
Outrage? There wasn't much complaints about that. 7gb is more then what Google offers anyway.

Yes but they have some nasty restrictions and apparently they do peek into user folders marked as Private as there was already an incident where someone had their account closed for the contents of their "private" folder.

shinji257 said,

Yes but they have some nasty restrictions and apparently they do peek into user folders marked as Private as there was already an incident where someone had their account closed for the contents of their "private" folder.

Keep your porn on your computer and you'll be OK.

PmRd said,

Keep your porn on your computer and you'll be OK.


If it's marked private then they have no business poking around, unless a good reason is given. If the uploader did up p0rn then yes.

Glassed Silver said,
No more ads in my RSS feeds?
Sounds good to me!

GS:ios

Yeah, except now it means those RSS feeds that used to have ads in them will probably just change to the kind that only has a snippit of the article in it, forcing you to visit the site itself (Which will have ads). It's a shame, I do much prefer it when my feeds contain the entire article.

Kushan said,

Yeah, except now it means those RSS feeds that used to have ads in them will probably just change to the kind that only has a snippit of the article in it, forcing you to visit the site itself (Which will have ads). It's a shame, I do much prefer it when my feeds contain the entire article.

Same, some do both though.

But Jesus Christ, I can't stand constantly switching over to the site, especially when there are LOTS of updates a day... *cough* Neowin *cough*

GS:mac

mabye some of these companies got too big to begin with.... spread too thinly this is bound to happen with any company really....