I know that Google likes to cover its butt by placing new tools in Google Labs, then keeping the beta tag for years, but its new Social Search feature has gone AWOL.
OK, technically, Google has shut it down until sometime later today or tomorrow:
The Google Social Search experiment is temporarily down. We are working on it and expect to restore access sometime Monday or Tuesday
Down? Did they say down?
When has Google ever yanked a service after launching it? I know some services have failed–and therefore permanently shutdown–but temporarily yanked?
We have no word on why the service is down, but let’s have some fun speculating:
- It was launched too soon, without proper care and attention to the details.
- It’s insanely popular and Google’s servers are taking a hammering, so the service is being reconfigured.
- It has been hacked, or there’s some kind of massive security hole that’s revealing far too much of your friends’ data.
My money is on #3? What do you think?