Google to shut down Picnik and more side projects

Google has been shutting down a number of its side projects and businesses over the past several months, including services such as Google Buzz and Google Wave. Today, Google's official blog site announced that even more projects and businesses will be shuttered by the company in the next few months.

Perhaps the project with the highest profile that will be closed soon is Picnik, the online photo editing web site. Google acquired the site in 2010, but today the company said, "We’re retiring the service on April 19, 2012 so the Picnik team can continue creating photo-editing magic across Google products. You can download a zip file of your creations through Picnik Takeout or copy them to Google+. "

The good news is that Google has unlocked Picnik's premium features from now until the site's shut down. People who paid for the premium service will receive refunds.

Other services that Google will be closing includes the data management platform Needlebase, which will shut down on June 1. Urchin Software, a client based online web analytics product, will no longer be available after March 2012. The Social Graph API, which gives developers information about public connections between people on the web will be closed on April 20.

An email recovery product, Google Message Continuity, will have its supported ended in favor of Google Apps. Finally, Google Sky Map, an astronomy-based program, will be turned into an open source project.

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My 11 year old sister uses this and is a premium member. The problem with this is that Google+ is 18 year or older. As far as I can tell from a brief overview of TOS, Picnik didn't have an age limit.

mackenziepricee said,
My 11 year old sister uses this and is a premium member. The problem with this is that Google+ is 18 year or older. As far as I can tell from a brief overview of TOS, Picnik didn't have an age limit.

Why would an 11 year old child need a picnik account? Was she editing Justin beiber photos?

mackenziepricee said,
My 11 year old sister uses this and is a premium member. The problem with this is that Google+ is 18 year or older. As far as I can tell from a brief overview of TOS, Picnik didn't have an age limit.

With Google Photo/Picasa you can edit image

mackenziepricee said,
My 11 year old sister uses this and is a premium member. The problem with this is that Google+ is 18 year or older. As far as I can tell from a brief overview of TOS, Picnik didn't have an age limit.

Here's you option: Picasa, Photoshop Express, Windows Live Photo

Gungel said,
Hope Google+ is next. It's just a big waist of space since no one is actively using it anyway.

I would use it but no one I know uses it and when I use Facebook I only add and talk to people I actually know.

Gungel said,
Hope Google+ is next. It's just a big waist of space since no one is actively using it anyway.

I keep saying that about Facebook - waist and waste!

Gungel said,
Hope Google+ is next. It's just a big waist of space since no one is actively using it anyway.

well 90 million in less than a year
60% is active everyday

NesTle said,

well 90 million in less than a year
60% is active everyday

source? and by active do you mean on for more then a minunte?

Gungel said,
Hope Google+ is next. It's just a big waist of space since no one is actively using it anyway.

I use G+ half the times I need to post something "social" eg. when I want to share things with my close friends and such. It's also very well implemented on my android device so I can receive updates with virtually no impact on the battery, compared to facebook that kills it.

If there were more ppl on G+ I would ditch FB in less than a sec, but that doesn't prevent me using G+ anyway..

tuneslover said,

60% Oww oww ...yeah! No one even doesn't know how to use it.

As opposed to tuneslover, who doesn't not know how to string a sentence together.

CMG_90 said,
I use this service with my Flickr account. Shame to see it go.

Now you should use Photoshop Express or if you have money buy a real software like Photoshop Lightroom or original Photoshop. Picnik is for child.

KingCrimson said,
90 million users on Google+ in just 6 months is impressive.

I have yet to meet any of these so-called users.

Google killed another good project : ( That's just sad.

They're going to integrate into Google + which will be killed in some time as other many projects where at that point Picknik completely cease to exist.

Also if you look at the big picture Google killed all the innovation after they bought these kinds of startups and their success rate is really really low.

Breach said,
Smart, you try out new things, see what works and move along. Something Microsoft can learn from.

I think Google's problem the last few years is they've tried to invade every technological space, probably too quickly. They appear to be "trimming back the fat" a bit lately.

Starting and killing projects all the time isn't a great way to build trust with end users so I don't think it's a tactic

The more services they shut down the less likely people are to use their new services, they'll have no faith that they'll still be working in 6 months time!

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