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Google Confirms Shut Down of Schemer

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  • Schemer? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hritcu (871613) on Sunday January 12, 2014 @05:39PM (#45933983) Homepage
    Google what?
  • Re:Google Plus (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 12, 2014 @05:51PM (#45934041)

    NEVER going to happen. Seriously, they have embedded that fucker in everything, not the least of which is YouTube. It will never die unless Google dies. Seriously, there is no way they could remove the G+ tendrils that are constantly growing in to new areas. It's obviously one of their core projects.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 12, 2014 @05:51PM (#45934047)

    Google what now?

    You'd think for a company like GOOGLE, they'd, you know, ADVERTISE their products.
    I've literally never heard of this at all and I could name everything that was on Google Labs and the More page that lists "all" their services. (which are pretty damn hidden too, no wonder nobody bloody used them!)
    ADVERTISE YOUR SHIT, GOOGLE.

  • by Animats (122034) on Sunday January 12, 2014 @06:01PM (#45934105) Homepage

    If it doesn't generate advertising revenue, Google will kill it.

    Google's news archives recently went away. Google Scholar is a likely next candidate for the chopping block.

    I'm worried about Google buying all those robotics companies. Profitability in advanced robotics is probably 5-10 years away. Google has not, in the past, demonstrated that kind of patience. "More wood behind fewer arrows" was their slogan for the first big round of cuts. Google could destroy the US robotics industry.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 12, 2014 @06:06PM (#45934141)

    The loss of Google Scholar would be truly devastating. No one is even approaching it's usability (I'm talking to you EBSCOHost and the like). Although, considering Google's recent history of aggressively closing down things that aren't profitable it may be inevitable. Fingers crossed that this won't happen.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 12, 2014 @06:27PM (#45934273)

    For fucks sake who gives a flying shit who wrote what right.

  • by Dupple (1016592) on Sunday January 12, 2014 @08:05PM (#45934693)

    You know they're just gonna roll it into G+ don't you?

    That's how they'll try and monetize it

  • by Ash Vince (602485) * on Sunday January 12, 2014 @08:42PM (#45934907) Journal

    Raises hand.

    My last company decided to Googleize just as I was leaving. The VeeP who set it in motion had a list of services he wanted. Thing is, we already provided nearly everything he wanted and none of the things he wanted were unique to Google's offerings. Even back then, there was a pretty significant list of services that Google had shut down and it was clear that it would be risky to heavily integrate anything beyond docs and email into our business practices. I have no idea how it turned out because my last day was in the middle of the transition.

    Generally though, most companies struggle to compete with the reliability of Google offerings.

    Also, they only seem to shut down side projects that I only hear about when they announce shutting them down. Call me when they shut down maps, gmail, search or android.

  • by Grishnakh (216268) on Sunday January 12, 2014 @09:06PM (#45935083)

    This (and the getting data out of the system bit that another responder mentioned) is precisely why I added the phrase "unless it's something that's easily transferred between competing services". Web services are fine if you can transfer everything to a competing provider with a few keystrokes, but when your business is reliant on something totally proprietary run by one other company, which has no alternatives whatsoever, you've put your business at great risk.

  • by fast turtle (1118037) on Sunday January 12, 2014 @10:11PM (#45935559) Journal

    WTF is Schemer? Even the god damn article doesn't tell me and if I don't know WTF it is, how does anyone else? Just another effen Google tool that nobody was told about being shut down because nobody used it. Chicken and Egg Issue. You don't tell folks about it so nobody fucking uses it. Shut it down.

    Google could save lots of time/effort/PR by simply not starting these many apps/tools that they keep shutting down because they're not telling anyone about them.

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