Google what? Google shuts down Google Buzz
Do you remember Google Buzz? Did you use it. No of course you didn’t. Google has quietly announced it is to shut down its already forgotten Buzz project, which it launched back in February 2010, and focus its attention on Google+.
Google Buzz has gone the way of Google Wave which was axed last year due to “lack of adoption”. The same is true of Buzz, which was a badly executed half idea that never went anywhere. Is Google+ going to make it?
Confusingly there was also a Yahoo! Buzz that was also shut down earlier this year about the same time Google Video was closed.
Google Buzz was launched with much hoo-haa and was meant to herald the start of Google’s entrance into social media, but it was a dud from the start and immediately ran into problems, and we had to wait until June for the launch of Google+.
The closure of Google Buzz, which was built into Gmail and feted as a “new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting” was quietly announced on Google’s website:
“In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. 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.
“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,” Google said.