Google Wave, Knol, Friend Connect, Gears, Search Timeline and a few other little-used services, part of CEO Larry Page's plan to put more wood behind fewer arrows.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Nov. 22 revealed its latest round of
product cuts in its effort to streamline operations, announcing end of life
dates for the failed Google Wave real-time collaboration platform, Knol
crowdsourced encyclopedia service and Friend Connect social widget tool.
Unveiled to raucous
applause at Google I/O in May 2009, Google Wave attracted
exponentially more hype than users, even after the service was opened to the
The service let users send emails and text messages and share
files, including the ability to edit documents in real time.
Google stopped development on Google in August 2010, though users could still
create Wave sessions and share them
Google now said Wave will become read-only and users will
not be able to build new waves on Jan. 31, 2012. Google will turn it off
for good on April 30. Users will be able to export single waves using the
PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off.
Knol made its debut as a potential Wikipedia in 2007, allowing
users with expertise in a variety of subject areas to contribute detailed articles
on topics they're well-steeped in. The service never gained much traction and
Knol will work until April 30, 2012, and users can
download their knols to a file and/or migrate them to WordPress.com. Knols will
no longer be viewable as of May 1, 2012, but will be able to be downloaded
and exported. Knol content will no longer be accessible after Oct. 1 next year.
Introduced in 2008 as a half-hearted answer to Facebook
Platform Website tools,
Google Friend Connect
let Website publishers easily add social features to
their sites by embedding a few snippets of code.
Google is shutting off Friend
Connect for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012. Google urged Friend Connect
users to create a Google+ page and place a Google+ badge on their site to
continue to share.