Google Waves Goodbye To Wave… And 6 Other Services

By Megan O'Neill 

Back in September Google announced that they were on the verge of “shutting down a number of products and merging others into existing products as features.”  They said goodbye to Aardvark, Fast Flip, the Google Maps API for Flash, Notebook and other features.  Earlier this month they said goodbye to Code Search, Jaiku and more.  Now they’ve added seven more features to their sweep, including Google Wave.  Read on to find out more.

On the Official Google Blog, Senior Vice President of Operations and Google Fellow Urs Hölzle writes, “We’re in the process of shutting a number of products which haven’t had the impact we’d hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward.”

Here are the features that have most recently been affected:

Google Bookmark Lists – Bookmark lists will end on December 19, 2011. Hölzle writes, “All bookmarks within Lists will be retained and labeled for easier identification, while the rest of Google Bookmarks will function as usual.  As Lists was an English-only feature, non-English languages will be unaffected.”

Google Friend Connect – Google Friend Connect will be retired for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012.

Google GearsBack in March Google shut down their Gears browser extension for creating offline web apps and stopped supporting new browsers.  According to the Google blog, “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.”

Google Search Timeline – Google Search Timeline will be removed.  However, users will still be able to restrict search to particular time periods using refinement tools on the left-hand side of the search page.

Google Wave – Google stopped development on Wave over a year ago.  On January 31, 2012 the service will become read-only.  On April 30 it will be turned off completely.

Knol – Knol was launched in 2007 to help improve web content by letting experts collaborate on in-depth articles.  The service will be replaced with Annotum, an open-source authoring and publishing platform for scholars based on WordPress.  Knol will become read only on April 30, 2012 and users will be able to migrate files to WordPress.  From May 1 to October 1, 2012, knolls will not be viewable but can still be migrated.  After that time Knol will be shut down completely.

Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE<C) – Google feels that “other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level.”  They’ve published their results on efforts to drive down the cost of renewable energy and are letting others continue the work to advance the state of power tower technology.