Google has apparently canceled their Click-To-Call feature according to a blog post that was available for just a few minutes (yes, that link is now broken). The Click-To-Call service was designed to quickly connect advertisers with customers. I got the screenshot above from Google Blogoscoped and it shows how you just need to enter in your phone number and it would dial the company at no cost to you. More information on how it works can be found in the Google Help section.

The thing that is really mysterious is how the post was quickly removed. For those of you who weren’t able to see it the few minutes that it was available here is what it said:

Google Click-to-Call project canceled
19:07 10/7/2006, Maximal, Official Google Blog

After concientiously considering, Google has decided not to continue with Google Click-to-call project. The project has been in the media on last days because of the notice of Google agreement with e-Bay. We finally consider click-to-call agreement with e-Bay a monopolistic aproach that would damage small companies in the CRM area.

This message has been translated using Google language tools.

That is the extent of the information that they provided. Speculation in the Google Blogoscoped forum is quickly determining that the blog post is fake.If that is true then I would sure hope that Google would make a follow-up post to let everyone know. I also noticed that there are two spelling mistakes in the post that I highlighted in red, which is definitely not the quality that I would expect from Google.

There Are 6 Comments

  1. Here is a [] took after I Ryan pointed out to me that my [] link to the blog post, was deleted immediately after submission. The follow up links that I posted in the comments on the submission are those provided to me by Ryan (Thanks btw).

  2. Looks like the [] removed the post from the RSS as well now. Though it looks like it was fake, it could have also been speculation, or even an early announcement that was posted. I can’t see why Google hasn’t officially come out and posted a retraction, explaining all this, unless maybe this was a premature leak.

  3. Yep, looks like they removed it from their “Recent Posts” in their sidebar as well. I think you’re right that it only sounds reasonable that it was a premature leak. That would probably be the reason that they haven’t announced what happened.

  4. Google has posted a retraction, explaining the post []

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