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Say Goodbye To Google’s Hello

And prepare for something else to assume its name

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When Google bought Picasa, a photo-sharing division called Hello went along for the ride.  Unfortunately for Hello and its users, a sort of fatal crash is scheduled to take place on May 15th.

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 Hello In Its Last Days

"Hello will be shut down on May 15th," admits a message on Hello.com.  It continues, "We originally embarked on a mission to make photo sharing easier and more fun with Hello.  We plan to keep carrying that torch in new projects to come."

It looks like Google isn’t fully retiring from photo sharing, then, and with any luck, no layoffs are taking place.  Perhaps Hello wasn’t too profitable, or maybe Google has something else in mind for the domain name.

One possibility: Hello.com would be perfect for the GrandCentral phone service.  Some social project might work, too (and Google’s shown all sorts of interest in them lately).  Google just needs to remain of the irony that’s evident when things named "Hello" fail.

It looks like we’re stuck with another one of those "time will tell" situations.  Anyway, a hat tip for the current story goes to Philipp Lenssen.

Say Goodbye To Google’s Hello


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  • http://savehello.org Rodney

    Google pushed back the date to shut down the service to June 11th.  I’m hoping that if enough Hello visitors make noise, it will catch the attention of someone there to rethink this decision. I put up an open letter at http://savehello.org

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