Thursday, January 15, 2009

Google Giveth, and Taketh Away: Google Video, Notebook, Catalog Search, Jaiku, and Dodgeball to Shut Down

read at ReadWriteWeb:
"A number of Google services just announced that they are about to shut down. The Google Video team announced that it will shut down uploads in a few months, while the Google Notebook team announced that it is stopping development (the service will continue to function, however). According to Danny Sullivan, Google is also closing Jaiku, a Twitter-like micro-blogging service that was bought by Google before it even launched, but which has lingered in invite-only mode ever since. Google Catalog search, which made shopping catalogs searchable, will also be closed soon.

Update: 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."

2 comments:

Meta Search Engine said...

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MelZoo.com announces the launch of a new search engine that is like no search engine ever seen. They have developed a search engine that provides the results of the search on the left side of a window and the actual web site is framed on the right. The correct web site is displayed immediately as the mouse hovers over each individual search result.

This new search engine speeds up the search process in multiple ways:
1. Users do not have to flip back and forth between the web site and the search engine.
2. Users do not have to click on individual search results.
3. Users do not need to have multiple tabs or windows open in their browser.
4. Sites load quicker.

Michael J said...

Sounds like a very nice GUI. How about the Search results? Same, better or not as good as Google?