Google Closes Aardvark, Fast Flip, Sidewiki & Many Other Projects

Sep 6, 2011 • 8:27 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

google product closuresGoogle has announced yet another wave of Google product and services closures. The products hit this time include:

  • Aardvark
  • Fast Flip
  • Sidewiki
  • Google Desktop
  • Google Image Labeler
  • Google Maps API for Flash
  • Google Notebook
  • Google Pack
  • Google Subscribed Links
  • Google Web Security
Google ends by saying:

We’ve never been afraid to try big, bold things, and that won’t change. We’ll continue to take risks on interesting new technologies with a lot of potential. But by targeting our resources more effectively, we can focus on building world-changing products with a truly beautiful user experience.

It is sad to see some of these go but Google often tries wild things and closes down products, especially recently.

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Brian Whalley

09/06/2011 03:49 pm

To be honest, the only ones of these I'd even heard of were Sidewiki and Google Desktop. I don't blame them for axing the rest, if I'm better informed than most of the public about their products, this represents a lot of products most people had never heard of. 

Michelle Cesare

09/06/2011 04:05 pm

Just recently I have been using the Google Chrome.  I am an Adsense Publisher but for all the rest on the list I have never heard of.  Thanks for the update.


09/07/2011 01:30 pm

Google plus is next......

LB Olson

09/07/2011 03:00 pm

Google Desktop Search is one of my goto apps, use it all the time. There is nothing like it in terms of performance and utility, I'm surprised to hear this.

Kemal Esli

09/09/2011 08:42 am

will these services add maybe google+ to power it what do you think 

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