Google to close down Google Buzz

San Francisco: Google Friday announced
to shut down the highly-controversial social networking product Google
Buzz, along with several other services in the coming weeks, Xinhua
reported.

Google on its official blog, Google announced the death
penalty to its code search engine, Buzz, Jaiku which let users send
updates to friends, the Google personalised homepage feature iGoogle,
and the University Research Program for Google Search.

The
shut-downs came as part of Google’s housecleaning effort announced in
early September, in which the company said it will shut down a number of
products and merging others into existing products as features.

“Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the
past. We learned a lot from products like Buzz, and are putting that
learning to work every day in our vision for products like Google+. Our
users expect great things from us; today’s announcements let us focus
even more on giving them something truly awesome,” said Google in the
blog post.

Google Buzz, a social networking and messaging tool
integrated into Gmail service, has been widely criticised for privacy
concerns and held back the search giant from expanding its businesses to
the social networking space.

After Buzz, Google launched Google+
in June, which has been receiving a good response and passed the 40
million user mark, the company’s chief executive officer Larry Page said
Thursday.

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