Google Spring Cleaning Includes Aardvark, Sidewiki, Fast Flip
Google Sept. 2 said it was winding down several more software products, including its Aardvark purchase, Sidewiki, Fast Flip, Google Pack, Google Desktop and more.Goodbye, Aardvark, Sidewiki and Fast Flip, we hardly used ye.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) continued its summer product discontinuation binge Sept. 2 with a fresh purging of the aforementioned products and other little-used Web services.
- Aardvark, the social Q&A service Google bought in February 2010 and tucked into Google Labs. As with Slide,
Aardvark worked separately from the Google+ team. Users may grab their Aardvark data through Sept. 30, the Aardvark team at Google said.
- Sidewiki, a sidebar annotation service that let users leave comments and annotations about Web pages and articles they felt strongly about. Few people used it with enough regularity to make it worth sustaining. Authors will be able to download their content before the service closes.
- Fast Flip, the funky, magazine-style page flipping user interface let users flip through Web pages rapidly to read them. It was used in Google News; Google said this style will live on in other display and delivery tools.
- Google Notebook: Google ceased development work on this product, which let users add URLs from the Web with typed notes into published documents, two years ago. Users will be able to automatically export all notebook data to Google Docs.
- Google Desktop: This downloadable desktop software enables text searches of emails, computer files, music, photos, chats, Web pages viewed, etc. It should have died years ago given Google's mission for hosting data and files in the cloud, accessible via Web browsers. Desktop is done Sept. 14.
- Google Pack: A package of free downloadable apps. Again, due to the decreasing demand for downloadable software in favor of Web apps, Google Pack is now finished. Users may access Google's and its Pack partners software through direct links on the Google Pack Website.
- Google Web Security: Part of the Postini assets Google grabbed in 2007, much of Google Web Security has been added to other Google products, such as safe browsing in Chrome. Google will support existing Web Security customers.
- Image Labeler: A game to help people explore and label images on the Web.
- Subscribed Links: Subscribed Links, which enabled developers to create specialized search results that were added to the normal Google search results on relevant queries for subscribed users, will be available for download until Sept. 15.