Google Buzz Gets Killed, Along with Code Search, Jaiku, iGoogle Social Features

By: Chris Crum - October 14, 2011

When Google launched Google+, it didn’t take long for some of us to speculate about the demise of Google Buzz. Now, we don’t have to speculate much more because Google has come out and said they’re shutting it down, along with a few other services.

“In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+,” says Google VP, Product Bradley Horowtiz in a blog post. “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.”

“Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past,” he says. “We learned a lot from products like Buzz, and are putting that learning to work every day in our vision for products like Google+. Our users expect great things from us; today’s announcements let us focus even more on giving them something truly awesome.”

The other services Google is shutting down include: Code Search, Jaiku, iGoogle’s social features and the University Research Program for Google Search. These will all be shut down on January 15.

iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle apps will stay the same.

Google is also officially closing the Google Labs site today, as previously announced. and will be replaced by Google Product Search, also as previously announced.

Will you miss any of the products Google is shutting down? Let us know in the comments.

Chris Crum

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  • James

    iGoogle actually isn’t being shut down, according to Google’s post.

    • Chris Crum

      Correction made to reflect iGoogle features being shut down. Thank you.

  • David

    I was wondering how Buzz would be integrated and know we know. I can’t say I am surprised because I couldn’t see how it could be integrated.

    The Borg continues to assimilate.

  • TPJaveton

    Hey Chris,

    I actually looked forward to this article today after learning about Google’s decision yesterday, so thanks for writing it.

    Anyone who had a hunch that Google Buzz was a goner when Google declared that “Google+ is Google”, raise your hand. I got mine up! Despite that feeling, however, I really didn’t think this action would have affected the “University Research Program for Google Search.”

    It seems to me that Google is removing programs that could help its competition in any way. While I can’t blame them for this, I would say that there seems to be a hint of paranoia in this decision, especially since the Googler Calls Google+ a “Knee-Jerk Reaction” and “A Study in Short-term Thinking story written here.

    Anyway, this decision is one that may be discussed for a long time to come, whether Google+ continues to be a success or not. There’s an argument to be had on both sides. Thanks again for getting me started this Sunday morning!


  • Sharon J

    I used Buzz for about five minutes one year and never used any of the others. I won’t miss them at all. And as for Google+, they had better make it more intuitive and more user friendly, or I won’t be using that much longer, either. I hate Facebook, but Google+ is not the answer.

  • 2oldchap

    Code search was a valuable tool. I has help me many times over the years. It will be missed. In the days of finding information through the internet, that was a great service for all, now we are moving backwards into the stone age. This is in my view a great way for Google to cut out the competition (for Google and other companies) or at least slow it down. When will we learn from the past, that sharing information doesn’t hurt anyone, it does help create growth for all in the long run and continues to grow jobs and revenue. Google is a good example of this. Their search engine (i.e. sharing information) has not only grown Google to what it is today, but has created new companies and jobs. This is no less than book burning, just in an electronic form. This is what happens when a company gets so large that it forgets it beginnings and only thinks of itself, it no longer cares of the impact it will have on others. The internet is a great resource for information, only if you can find it. What else are they going to cutout.

  • Kevin

    How can you take Google+ seriously if it could get shutdown at a whim?

  • BMD

    Google BUZZ was a flop, I filled out some info on Google+, it also looks like a flop.

    Google should get their search engine straitened out first and leave the rest alone.