Google to shut down Google Buzz

When Google decided to launch Google+ in late June, the writing seems to be on the wall for Google Buzz.

Launched in February 2010, it was an earlier attempt to launch a social networking service to compete with Facebook and Twitter. However, Google Buzz never really caught on and there were questions about the service's privacy standards in its early days. Google announced earlier this week that Google+ has 40 million users, and it seems now is the time to shut down Google Buzz.

In a post on Google's official blog, the company announced that it was shutting down several services, including Google Buzz. The site states, "While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout."

In addition to Google Buzz, the company announced that it will be closing Code Search on January 15, 2012. The feature let users search for open source code on the Internet. That same day will see the shut down of Jaiku. Acquired back in 2007, it let users send updates to friends. Google says that it will allow users to export their data from Jaiku. Also, all the social networking features on iGoogle will be shut down on January 15.

Finally, the University Research Program for Google Search, which allowed a select number of academic researchers access to Google's search results API, will be closed on that date. Google says, "Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past. We learned a lot from products like Buzz, and are putting that learning to work every day in our vision for products like Google+."

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jimmyfal said,
Wave, Buzz, Plus... Jack's of all trades and masters of nothing but search...

Of course, Android, Youtube, Gmail, Maps and Chrome are all major failures /s

Remote Sojourner said,

Of course, Android, Youtube, Gmail, Maps and Chrome are all major failures /s

Did Google create any of these? No.
Android, Youtube, Gmail, Maps and Picasa were bought by Google. And Chrome was just based off the open-source WebKit engine.
Now show me a successfull Google product except the search engine that they created themselves.

RealFduch said,

Did Google create any of these? No.
Android, Youtube, Gmail, Maps and Picasa were bought by Google. And Chrome was just based off the open-source WebKit engine.
Now show me a successfull Google product except the search engine that they created themselves.


Google Earth =D
Google Toolbar
and thats it i think, always thought Gmail started as a freetime project same like Google Earth aswel though.

RealFduch said,
And Chrome was just based off the open-source WebKit engine.

Are you for real?

First, WebKit is only a rendering engine, Google build a whole browser around it (including the now widely copied process separation, the interface which everybody today copies, etc.). Second, Google only uses WebCore and combines it with their own JavaScript engine V8. Third, Google is nowadays probably the largest contributor to WebKit.

Remote Sojourner said,

Of course, Android, Youtube, Gmail, Maps and Chrome are all major failures /s

Honestly I was an instant fan of Google Earth, but as the years went by ( I fix computers), it was increasingly irritating to me that Google would shove their toolbars and browsers on to uninformed users computers. Those ARE scumbag tactics, and definitely TAINT my overall view of Google. That clean search screen had the calming effect of making the user think that Google was some kind of good guy, when the reality is that Internet Advertisers contained much of the scum of the internet earth; and the YEARS of malware and Bonzai Buddy crap that we all remember were so prevalent for only ONE reason. These companies made a LOT of money, and they SNUCK their products on to peoples computers. In MUCH the SAME fashion that Google's products land on peoples computers.

Shadowzz said,

Google Earth =D
Google Toolbar
and thats it i think, always thought Gmail started as a freetime project same like Google Earth aswel though.

Google Earth = Keyhole. I used it before Google bought that company.
Isn't is fun and telling that the only successfull non-search product fully developed internally is a browser toolbar?
Erunno said,

Are you for real?

First, WebKit is only a rendering engine, Google build a whole browser around it (including the now widely copied process separation, the interface which everybody today copies, etc.). Second, Google only uses WebCore and combines it with their own JavaScript engine V8. Third, Google is nowadays probably the largest contributor to WebKit.

Your ignorance is appaling.
Does the BS you posted change anything I said? No. But I still have to expose your mess:
The rendering engine is the most important part of a browser. If you had any programming skills, you could have created a tabbed browser in a day. But it would take at least a year to develop even basic rendering engine.
Tabbed browsing obviously wasn't Google's invention. Process Isolation in web browser was first implemented in Internet Explorer 4 (released in 1997) and rereleased in Internet Explorer 8 (develped since 2006 and public betas were released in March 2008). First alpha version of Chrome (0.2.149) was only released on September 2008 - much later than even the public release of IE8. I guess we are safe to say that your passage about "widely copied process separation" is blatant lies.

Yeah, right! It's so easy that any programmer can write a browser. Just use the open-source rendering engine and you get the world second favorite web browser.

Had it turned off on my gmail for a long time now, was pretty crap so glad to see it's gone. No point in it exisiting now with Google+