Another Google “Spring Cleaning” post is online with details about end of several services and programs. Several of the shutdowns have been previously announced but this post has more details. The post also includes details about similar projects or tools the company is working on. Special attention to the info about Google Search timeline and Knol.
The Google Blog post has details about:
+ Google Bookmarks Lists
+ Google Friend Connect
+ Google Gears
+ Google Search Timeline
We’re removing this graph of historical results for a query. Users will be able to restrict any search to particular time periods using the refinement tools on the left-hand side of the search page. Additionally, users who wish to see graphs with historical trends for a web search can use google.com/trends or google.com/insights/search/ for data since 2004. For more historical data, the “ngram viewer” in Google Books offers similar information.
+ Google Wave
We launched Knol in 2007 to help improve web content by enabling experts to collaborate on in-depth articles. In order to continue this work, we’ve been working with Solvitor and Crowd Favorite to create Annotum, an open-source scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress. Knol will work as usual until April 30, 2012, and you can download your knols to a file and/or migrate them to WordPress.com. From May 1 through October 1, 2012, knols will no longer be viewable, but can be downloaded and exported. After that time, Knol content will no longer be accessible.
+ Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal (RE<C)