Google Shuts Down Services, Cuts Jobs

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Google has decided to shut down some of its services, as well as trim some recruiting jobs, and consolidate engineering offices. Services that Google is shutting down include:

- Uploading to Google Video
– Google Notebook
– Jaiku
– Google Catalog Search
– Mashup Editor
– Dodgeball

Now, some notes on each.

The Google Video Team is now encouraging users to upload their videos to either YouTube or Picasa, both of which are owned by Google of course. Uploading will still be available for a few months. They won’t be removing any content that is already there.

Google Video Uploads Shut Down

The Google Notebook team is encouraging users to try other Google Products with notebook-like functionality like SearchWiki,Google Docs, Tasks in Gmail, and Google Bookmarks. And they claim to have plenty of new ideas for these services.

Jaiku is shutting down before it ever really got going. It is a Twitter-like service that never left invite-only status. According to Read Write Web, "Google will release the Jaiku code under the open source Apache license, so that other organizations can pick up where the Google team left off. It is not clear if current users will be able to transfer their accounts."


Google Catalog Search just wasn’t popular enough to keep around, but the Book Search Team leaves it behind with fond memories. "Catalogs helped us better understand and refine the technology we use today to scan and make the full text of books available online," says Product Manager Punit Soni. "We also learned more about how users read scanned documents online, and how to best present this type of information to them."

Mashup Editor is another one that never really got off the ground. It is still only available in limited testing. Google encourages users to instead use the Google App Engine.

Google Mashup Editor

Dodgeball is a mobile social networking service. It will be shut down in the next couple months. Google says they will communicate the exact timeframe shortly.

A post on the Official Google Blog talks about the company consolidating some engineering offices, by shutting down Austin, Texas; Trondheim, Norway; and Lulea, Sweden locations, though they say they intend to keep as many of the employees as possible, and just have them move to other locations.

"Our long-term goal is not to trim the number of people we have working on engineering projects or reduce our global presence, but create a smaller number of more effective engineering sites, which will ensure that innovation and speed remain at our core," says Google Senior Vice President, Engineering and Research Alan Eustace.

Google also announced that they are trimming some recruiting jobs – about 100 of them. "Our first step to address this was to wind down almost all our contracts with external contractors and vendors providing recruiting services for Google. However, after much consideration, we have with great regret decided that we need to go further and reduce the overall size of our recruiting organization by approximately 100 positions," says Google’s Vice President of People Operations, Laszlo Bock.

Big changes through Google’s organization today indeed. As far as the services being shut down, I can’t say that I will particularly miss any of them, as I haven’t thrown them much use anyway. Will you miss any of these services?

Google Shuts Down Services, Cuts Jobs
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  • Aaron

    I will certainly miss google notebook. It was great for doing web research. I am sure I can use docs to do similar things but might loose a bit of convenience.

    • Chris Crum

      If you use iGoogle, the “sticky note” gadget is pretty handy for jotting down notes. I still use good old fashioned notepad most of the time though.

  • http://www.indiesurf.com Darren Tan

    Never know that Google has so many functions.. But they’re still the best! Great search engine!

    • Chris Crum

      Barely the tip of the iceberg.

  • http://blog.fahmi.my Fahmi Adam

    I wonder if the list will keep on going, how about other than Google?

  • http://www.mobilemini.com storage containers

    I understand that Google’s got to do what they need to do. Alot of big business is “trimming” their businesses. It’s a good strategic move on Google’s part, but I’m really sad to see Google notebook go. I’ve used that thing for years.

  • http://www.seosean.com SEO Service

    Google notebook is most likely in part being taken down due to the issues they having with the spam. I know I for one have received spam emails with links pointing to a Google notebook page where there was a link back to their spammy drug site.

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