Those 100 recruiters aren’t the only ones getting the axe at Google. Just two months after killing off Lively, the search giant is shuttering or abandoning several more peripheral projects.
The Google Code Blog reports on the products that are shutting down:
- Mobile social network Dodgeball.com, designed to let users share their locations via text message, will be discontinued “in the next couple months.” Google Blogoscoped notes that “The original founders of this Google-acquired company already left a while ago in frustration due to Google allegedly not evolving their product.”
- The Mashup Editor won’t ever leave its limited private beta. It’s being shuttered in favor the App Engine, with the final transition in six months
Google Video’s uploading is also being discontinued in favor of YouTube and converting Google Video in a meta search engine for video. Google Catalog, a collection of scanned catalogs, most likely in favor of Google Book Search and their magazines.
Also, Google is stopping “active development” on Google Notebook, so no more new features or new users on that service, though existing users are welcome to continue using it. Again, other Google products (Google Docs and SearchWiki) can replace a lot of the product’s uses.
CNET notes these changes, taken with the recruiter layoffs, contractor “layoffs,” and data center rollbacks, are a sign that Google is “growing up” and preparing for the economic situation.