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Thursday, 15 January 2009

Google's Cloud Is Getting Smaller

These are definitely recession times, and not even Google can avoid them. Google announced yesterday a whole lot of negative news:

  1. Dodgeball is gone
  2. Google Mashup editor is gone
  3. Google Catalog search is gone
  4. Jaiku is gone
  5. 100 full time jobs at Google are gone
  6. No more maintenance on Google Notebook, and no more new accounts. 

Except for the jobs being lost, I think that this is actually a good thing. Google releases a lot of products, and quite a few of them fail (i.e., Lively) and some should be released with more refinement (i.e., Chrome). Maybe Google will become more selective in product releases and require them to be more finished. It's as if baby Google has grown into adult Google, hopefully they don't grow into an adult Microsoft.