Thursday, January 15, 2009

Google Shuttering Services: The lesson for the rest of us...

This story is being a reported a lot of places: Google Giveth, and Taketh Away: Google Video, Notebook, Catalog Search, Jaiku, and Dodgeball to Shut Down:

A number of Google services just announced that they are about to shut down. The Google Video team announced that it will shut down uploads in a few months, while the Google Notebook team announced that it is stopping development (the service will continue to function, however). According to Danny Sullivan, Google is also closing Jaiku, a Twitter-like micro-blogging service that was bought by Google before it even launched, but which has lingered in invite-only mode ever since. Google Catalog search, which made shopping catalogs searchable, will also be closed soon.

I actually think Google is smart to be shuttering these services. If you looked at the data (the traffic, etc.) you couldn't justify running them. Google certainly has the resources to run these forever if they wanted. That's not the point. They are making a sound business decision, and for that they should be applauded.

There are a lot of us that need to be more like Google. Many of us continue to offer services long after we have any justifiable reason. Running a tight ship, even if your budget isn't an issue is just smart. If you've been wanting to focus a tad more here's your chance to follow the leader and jettison your baggage. You know you have some...

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