farewell google.jpgGoogle announced today that they will be stopping development on several different services. Among those being given the ax are Google Notebook, Google Video, Google Catalog Search, Dodgeball, Jaiku, and Google Mashup Editor.

I can’t say that I’m really surprised with most of those because you never hear too much about them. What makes me happy is that Google isn’t completely throwing in the towel on the services. For example, Google Video won’t accept any new submissions, but videos already posted will remain online. And the Jaiku is being ported over to the Google App Engine where it will then become an open source project.

The one service I was a bit surprised to see on the list is Google Notebook. Luckily Google is planning to leave this untouched, but as their blog describes there will no longer be any development work done:

Starting next week, we plan to stop active development on Google Notebook. This means we’ll no longer be adding features or offer Notebook for new users. But don’t fret, we’ll continue to maintain service for those of you who’ve already signed up. As part of this plan, however, we will no longer support the Notebook Extension, but as always users who have already signed up will continue to have access to their data via the web interface at http://www.google.com/notebook.

I really love Google Notebook, and it’s too bad they won’t be taking it any further. My wish was that it would someday become an integrated part of Gmail, but that never happened. With the addition of Gmail Labs I still have hope that someday Gmail will get a feature that would prevent having to send those pesky “note to self” emails.

It’s time to bid farewell to these Google services. Some of them have served us well, and some will live on in our hearts. We’ll be telling stories of Jaiku and Dodgeball to our great grandchildren as we reminisce of the times we walked to school/work uphill both ways in hurricane-like weather. Those were the days, weren’t they?

[via Search Engine Land]

There Are 5 Comments

  1. Feeling a tad nostalgic there, Ryan? ;)

  2. The headline scared the pants off me. I have so many notes in Google Notebook (mostly articles and stuff from the internet that I use often) that I can’t imagine what I would have done. I’m just glad they’re not completely closing it down.

  3. I’m using the Firefox GNotebook add-on to share a grocery & recipe list with my gf, so we know what to get whenever we’re near a grocery store. Now that development has stopped, I’m afraid the add-on will not work anymore on future Firefox versions, which means Notebook will become a LOT less usable for us :( I haven’t found any alternatives for this in my hunt for a solution to our problem, Google Notebook was the only one.. really really a pity they have decided to do this.

  4. Max wrote:
    The headline scared the pants off me. I have so many notes in Google Notebook (mostly articles and stuff from the internet that I use often) that I can’t imagine what I would have done. I’m just glad they’re not completely closing it down.

    Glad I’m not the only one. But it is a bit sad they aren’t developing for it anymore. Eventually things like the Firefox extension will probably stop working, which will really suck.

    Change wrote:
    Now that development has stopped, I’m afraid the add-on will not work anymore on future Firefox versions, which means Notebook will become a LOT less usable for us

    That’s my fear exactly. Hopefully someone at Google will pick up the project if that should happen.

  5. Sign the petition at [petitiononline.com] to stop the shutdown of Notebook.

    Do your part. :)

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