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Google Closes Down More of its Products – iGoogle, Mini and GTalk Widget

Google closes down more products, Google mini, iGoogle, and Google Talk widget for Mebbo barGoogle is at it once again with the announcement of some of its popular and unknown products going to be pushed down from the internet, or stop providing support for starting from coming weeks. Discontinuing a product or some products is one of the company’s custom and maybe it is one of the reason they are so special company ever since the company’s establishment some years ago.

The latest Google announcement on Products to be stopped or closed down this season includes some of their popular products, which are iGoogle, Google Mini with some kind of overlap with the company’s site appliance, Site Search and the Commerce Search – so that makes it hard for Google Mini to stay active with these two having similar qualities with the product, and it is certain to go down at the end of this month. However, as a backup and giving back to the current customers, the popular search giant will still continue to provide support up until the end of the customers contracts before closing their accounts down – and it is not certain whether Google will still reach out to them in near future but they may anticipate for that.

Read more about previous closure by Google in this post: Top 18 Google Greatest Acquisitions Ever in History

Also on the line is the Google Talk widget, it is getting destroyed as well in favour of the recently acquired service, Meebo bar, and Google Video (which no longer as at this moment accepts video uploads) is to be discontinued by August 20, with all the remaining contents on the server being moved or already moved to YouTube – that’s a great sign of Google empowering Youtube for better delivery since the need for video sharing is ever-increasing by the day.

It is frustrating for customers or user accepting a product only to be booted out of the service few years after.

It seems Google is going into all business venture to experiment whether their attempt will work or not – if it works, they build a good business around it, but if it doesn’t, they will delete idea by sending it into the trash bin, leaving the industry for some other performing industry.

Google wants to be everywhere without being anywhere! 

They have their main focus, but I think they just want to be experimenting with other industry, products and niches to put competitors’ mind of their plans; a special company indeed 🙂

Experimenting is good, especially when you experiment with copied ideas to see if it works or not. In the case of Google, when they see  an idea working, they tend to try it out and if it doesn’t work, Google kill it off and focus on others that do.

This is what makes them so special than other companies out there.

Majority of those companies out there don’t want to risk resources experimenting on new ideas, new technologies but Google do!

What do you think about this latest announcement to shut down Google Talk widget, Google Mini and iGoogle? Do you think it is a great move to give way for other products or you think it is a great mistake on Google’ side? Please add your comment below and let’s talk.

Source: Forbes

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  1. Ashwani Ahlawat

    July 5, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Hey Olawale,
    This headline is banging out the Internet I noticed.
    But firstly I saw it in TechAtLast through Facebook. Firstly I got shicked for the title.
    But later I thought Google is clever enough. Google must have some masterplan/aim behind this.
    Lets wait n watch for the real game. 😉

  2. Vaibhav Mule

    July 5, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Olawale, “Google wants to be everywhere without being anywhere!” nice words.
    iGoogle can works if it will come up with good feature but it’s not concentrating on it so it;s loses now.

  3. Colorado iPhone Game Developers

    July 5, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Inspirational post for me, Learned something new from here.


  4. rakesh

    July 5, 2012 at 10:51 am

    nice article

  5. Nish

    July 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Jobs once told Page to focus on a few core products and shut down the rest. Looks like they’re finally realizing the value of those words.

    • Olawale Daniel

      July 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

      I think so as well. But Google wont stop acquiring and closing down new startups…

  6. Rashmi Sinha

    July 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Google has so many services and products, that is natural that some will fail or become outdated. Nothing strange there, it is better to shut them down than stopping supporting them without an official announcement.

  7. pravinuniverse

    July 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Google had said “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Talk. We will provide more information shortly.”
    Visit to get a brief on why gtalk was outraged on 26jul2012


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