Google pulls the plug on more products – the Larry Page clean-up continues
Page said so himself on the companyâ€™s quarterly earnings conference call, and the recent closures of Slide (a social networking firm Google acquired for $179 million a year ago), Google Labs and Google Health, have made it clear that Page is a man of his word.
Ten more Google products were put on the chopping block on Friday — or as Google put it more delicately in a post on its official blog, the products were swept up in a â€śspring-clean.â€ť
â€śOver the next few months weâ€™ll be shutting down a number of products and merging others into existing products as features,â€ť said Google Senior Vice President Alan Eustace in the blog post.
Among the latest casualties: Aardvark, a pioneering social question-and-answer service that had earned praise from tech pundits before Google acquired it in 2010; Fast Flip, a two-year-old tool that allows readers to quickly â€śflipâ€ť through pages of digital newspapers and magazines, and Sidewiki a tool that lets people leave comments about specific Web pages as they browse.
Eustace noted that all the Google employees working on these projects will be moved over to â€śhigher-impact products.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™ve never been afraid to try big, bold things, and that wonâ€™t change,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™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.â€ť
For Google investors, trimming the products is a welcome signal that the Web giant is serious about staying focused and keeping costs under control. But itâ€™s not yet clear how all this tidying-up is going down with the engineers at the Googleplex whose own projects could be next.
The other products in Googleâ€™s Spring clean announced on Friday are Desktop, Google Maps API for Flash, Google Pack, Google Web Security, Image Labeler, Notebook and Subscriber Links.