Google goners, from Reader to Buzz to Jaiku (pictures)
Reader joins the ranks of Google's shuttered projects on Monday. In memory of the much loved, but little used, RSS reader, here's a look back at some Google products that have been phased out, sunsetted, and just plain shut down.
Google on Monday shut down Reader, its Web-based RSS feed reader.
In March, Google announced that the service, which was launched in 2005, would be going away on July 1 because of declining usage. The announcement sent a small group of loyal followers looking for alternatives, and spurred sites like Digg and Feedly to offer their own reader services.
Reader certainly isn't the first product the Web giant has shut down -– and it likely won't be the last, judging by Google's history. Here’s a look back at some Google products that have been phased out, sunsetted, or just plain shut down.
Note: This is by no means a comprehensive list of no-longer-available Google products, just a (rather large) sampling that stood out to us. Tell us in the comments what shuttered Google products you miss the most.
Google will retire the iGoogle personalized home page service on November 1, 2013. iGoogle was launched in 2005 and let users customize their home page with themes, widgets, games and more. In July 2012, Google said the need for the service "has eroded over time."
Three years after launching Google Health, the company pulled the plug on the personal health records service. The service expired on January 1, 2012, but users had until January 1, 2013, to transfer their data out of the system before it was deleted entirely.
Launched through Google Labs in late 2009, Listen let users discover and listen to new podcasts. Google said the introduction of Google Play made the app redundant, and it was shut down on November 1, 2012.
The Google Apps for Teams service let Google App users or connected school and college users with a verified e-mail account collaborate on projects using non-e-mail apps including Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk. In September 2012, Google discontinued Apps for Teams and converted the accounts into personal Google accounts.
While Google’s video search is alive and kicking, any remaining videos on its original video-hosting platform were exported to YouTube in August 2009. Users lost the ability to upload content to Google Video in May 2009.
Google turned off the text chat widget for Web publishers in July 2012 and encouraged those who wanted the function to use Meebo Bar – an instant message company Google acquired in June 2012. Meebo Bar was shut down on June 6, 2013.
The Social Graph API was designed to give developers tools to use information about public connections between people. Google dropped the service on April 20, 2012, because it was not seeing the "kind of adoption" the company had hoped for.