Let’s be honest, Google Buzz was a failure for what it intended to do. With the launch of Google Plus, Buzz became a redundant service that has little use and has almost none of Google+’s features. Google just announced today a new initiative to direct more focus on Google+, and less on Google’s other social services.
Over the next few weeks, Google Buzz and its API will be permanently shut down. Existing content will be archived on the user’s Google profile and backups can be downloaded through Google Takeout.
Also, Jaiku, a micro-blogging service, will also be shut down early next year as well as social features on iGoogle, the customization Google home page.
Hopefully, this will enable Google to deliver better products in the future by focusing its efforts to where it matters.
Here’s the original announcement on Google’s blog:
- Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.
- In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. 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.
- Jaiku, a product we acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends, will shut down on January 15, 2012. We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku.
- Several years ago, we gave people the ability to interact socially on iGoogle. With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle’s social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are.
- The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012.