Google Closes the Door on Google Buzz along with Google Labs

Today, Google announced it will be shutting down Google Buzz in a few weeks. They say shutting down Buzz and the Buzz API will better help them focus on Google+, where users will be able to see their existing Buzz content and download it using Google Takeout.

We aspire to build great products that really change people’s lives, products they use two or three times a day. To succeed you need real focus and thought—thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don’t work on. It’s why we recently decided to shut down some products, and turn others into features of existing products. -Bradley Horowitz, Vice President, Product at Google.

In addition to Buzz, Google Labs will also be shut down as was previously announced, along with and being replaced with Google Product Search. Other changes happening include; The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to Google’s search results for a small number of approved academic researchers will close on January 15, 2012. Code Search, which was a way to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down, along with its API on the 15th as well.

Jaiku, a product Google acquired in 2007 that lets users send updates to friends, will be shut down with lastly iGoogle’s Social Features, all to further concentrate on Google+,

“Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past. 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,” writes Bradley Horowitz, Vice President, Product at Google.


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Andrew Wilson
Andrew has been poking and prodding computers for 11 years who occasionally writes about Technology and Video Games while working towards getting his Bachelors in Computer Engineering. He is also one of the contributors to the Let's Play's on the site.