Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

The Death of Google Buzz Officially in Sight

By - Source: VR-Zone | B 22 comments

Google is nuking its Twitter clone in a couple of weeks in favor of loving its new social website big-time.

Friday Google said in a blog that it plans to kill Google Buzz and the Buzz API in a couple of weeks. The news isn't surprising given that the Twitter clone really never caught on, and that Google's new social site is "all the buzz" for the immediate future.

"In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+," the company said. "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."

The news arrives after Google recently said that it plans to shut down additional services like Notebook, Aardvark, Google Desktop, Google Pack and more. Friday Google added that Google Labs, Code Search and the Code Search API will be discontinued in January 2012 as well as Jaiku, a product Google acquired back in 2007 that let users send updates to friends, and the social features in iGoogle.

But the loss of Google Buzz is somewhat disappointing given that the service had potential. The problem Google likely faced was getting beyond the privacy fiasco that took place at launch. And unlike Google+, Buzz still isn't visually incorporated into the navigational bar spanning across Google's web services, thus it seemingly depends on Gmail users to keep tabs on the latest "buzz."

"Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past," Google said. "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."

Thanks for the memories, Buzz, and so long to all the followers.

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the Streaming Video & TVs forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 12 Hide
    aftcomet , October 15, 2011 8:23 PM
    jonbonaftcomet, you're an idiot. Twitter is simple and doesn't have that other useless crap Google+ and Facebook has.


    And why is Twitter useful and Facebook and Google+ aren't? You make a strong argument there especially when you resort to character assassination.
Other Comments
  • 5 Hide
    aftcomet , October 15, 2011 7:48 PM
    I bet nobody saw this coming.

    Next up: Twitter. It's kind of point now because you can do the same thing with Google+ and Facebook Subscribe, except so much more.

    Twitter, apart from recognition, has nothing over Google+ and Facebook.
  • Display all 22 comments.
  • -6 Hide
    killerclick , October 15, 2011 8:12 PM
    The same thing is going to happen to Fail+ in a couple of years. It's already losing momentum
  • 12 Hide
    aftcomet , October 15, 2011 8:23 PM
    jonbonaftcomet, you're an idiot. Twitter is simple and doesn't have that other useless crap Google+ and Facebook has.


    And why is Twitter useful and Facebook and Google+ aren't? You make a strong argument there especially when you resort to character assassination.
  • 3 Hide
    docken02 , October 15, 2011 9:02 PM
    I could not care any less for Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Google+, or any clones thereof. If I want someone to know what I'm doing or feeling at any given moment I would let them know by text, email, or phone call. Nor' do I want any of my information uploaded on to some server that I have no control over or even know for sure that my information has been permanently deleted once I choose to get rid of the account.
  • 1 Hide
    nebun , October 15, 2011 9:52 PM
    google needs to stick with what it does best...internet search...and leave the social stuff to facebook and twitter
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , October 15, 2011 10:13 PM
    From my experience, Buzz is mostly used by kids who aren't old enough for twitter and Google+ accounts, kids in elementary and early middle school. If they're going to shut it down, then we're gonna have some pretty pissed-off kids.
  • 2 Hide
    Kelavarus , October 15, 2011 11:08 PM
    docken02I could not care any less for Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Google+, or any clones thereof. If I want someone to know what I'm doing or feeling at any given moment I would let them know by text, email, or phone call. Nor' do I want any of my information uploaded on to some server that I have no control over or even know for sure that my information has been permanently deleted once I choose to get rid of the account.


    ... But you just said you text. How is it you think texting works exactly?
  • 1 Hide
    tolham , October 16, 2011 12:13 AM
    good move.
  • 1 Hide
    11796pcs , October 16, 2011 3:10 AM
    Has anyone ever noticed that Microsoft never gives up on a product even if only like 2 people use it. At least Google knows when to call it quits.
  • 1 Hide
    Anonymous , October 16, 2011 3:22 AM
    I cant believe twitter is still around its about the most boring,stupid, waste of time on the internet.
  • 0 Hide
    alidan , October 16, 2011 3:51 AM
    i like google + for hangout.
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , October 16, 2011 1:28 PM
    thank god
  • 0 Hide
    cookoy , October 16, 2011 2:24 PM
    i don't subscribe to other people's activities. Better to just get a life of your own.
  • 1 Hide
    Anonymous , October 16, 2011 2:41 PM
    The wins for Google were Gmail, Maps, Earth, Picasa, and the Internet Search. Almost anything else has gotten tangled in a mess of purpose, need, or perpetual beta. I like Product search, but it seems to just be there. Google+ would have been killer.....five years ago. Now it's a Facebook without the friends; aside from some misstep by Facebook that causes a mass exodus I can't see it taking off.
  • 0 Hide
    captaincharisma , October 17, 2011 3:17 AM
    aftcometI bet nobody saw this coming.Next up: Twitter. It's kind of point now because you can do the same thing with Google+ and Facebook Subscribe, except so much more.Twitter, apart from recognition, has nothing over Google+ and Facebook.


    saw it coming? i doubt many people knew it existed
  • 0 Hide
    captaincharisma , October 17, 2011 3:21 AM
    jonbonaftcomet, you're an idiot. Twitter is simple and doesn't have that other useless crap Google+ and Facebook has.


    twitter is stupid especially with its 140 character limit. twitter is nothing but for people with ADD and people with a very limited vocabulary such as youself
  • 0 Hide
    feeddagoat , October 17, 2011 8:09 AM
    Quote:
    google needs to stick with what it does
    best...internet search...and leave the social stuff
    to facebook and twitter


    You mean advertising. Always wondered what buzz was, never felt the need to find out and now I know I certainly haven't missed anything.
  • 0 Hide
    nikorr , October 17, 2011 10:54 AM
    More advertising to come.
  • 0 Hide
    marthisdil , October 17, 2011 6:38 PM
    docken02I could not care any less for Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Google+, or any clones thereof. If I want someone to know what I'm doing or feeling at any given moment I would let them know by text, email, or phone call. Nor' do I want any of my information uploaded on to some server that I have no control over or even know for sure that my information has been permanently deleted once I choose to get rid of the account.

    Wonder if Tom's Hardware has any of your information...you know, it's a server you have no control over, etc, etc. Have webmail? How about any form of internet email?

    All sorts of servers have your information that you have no control over.
Display more comments
Tom’s guide in the world
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • UK
Follow Tom’s guide
Subscribe to our newsletter