Thursday, 24 November 2011

Google Shutting Down Knol, Wave and More

Google Services Grave

Google’s cleanup marathon continues, as Google in their "off-season spring cleaning series," has announced that it is getting rid of seven more services including once-hyped Wave, Knol and Friend connect.

Read the list of services after the break with their end date.

  1. Google Bookmarks Lists-This is an experimental feature for sharing bookmarks and collaborating with friends, which is going to end on December 19, 2011.
  2. Google Friend Connect-Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. Google retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012.
  3. Google Wave-Google already stopped development on Google Wave over a year ago. But as of January 31, 2012, Wave will become read-only and you won’t be able to create new ones. On April 30 we will turn it off completely. You’ll be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off.
  4. Knol- Launched in 2007 to help improve web content by enabling experts to collaborate on in-depth articles. In order to continue this work,Google have been working with Solvitor and Crowd Favorite to create Annotum, an open-source scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress. Knol will work as usual until April 30, 2012, and you can download your knols to a file and/or migrate them to From May 1 through October 1, 2012, knols will no longer be viewable, but can be downloaded and exported. After that time, Knol content will no longer be accessible.
  5. Google Gears-In March Google said goodbye to the Gears browser extension for creating offline web applications and stopped supporting new browsers. On December 1, 2011, Gears-based Gmail and Calendar offline will stop working across all browsers, and later in December Gears will no longer be available for download. It is to help incorporate offline capabilities into HTML5.
  6. Google Search Timeline-Google removing this graph of historical results for a query. Users will be able to restrict any search to particular time periods using the refinement tools on the left-hand side of the search page. Additionally, users who wish to see graphs with historical trends for a web search can use or for data since 2004. For more historical data, the "ngram viewer" in Google Books offers similar information.
  7. Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE<C)-This initiative was developed as an effort to drive down the cost of renewable energy, with an RE<C engineering team focused on researching improvements to solar power technology. At this point, other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level. So, Google have stopped their efforts.

Source:- Google Blog



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