Spring cleaning in summer, July 2012
July brought the single worst Google evisceration in history. iGoogle, the build-it-yourself blocky interface for RSS feeds, got the axe. I’ve taught thousands of people (tens of thousands?) how to work with RSS feeds using iGoogle. Google didn’t summarily kill iGoogle, granting a 16-month stay of execution until Nov. 1, 2013. I will miss it.
Google Video also hit the skids. Google started merging Google Video and YouTube in 2007, finally blocking uploads to Google Video in May 2009, but retaining Video’s search functions. In April 2011, Google announced it was killing Google Video, but then backed off two weeks later. This was the coup de grace. The fat lady also sang for Google Mini enterprise search, Google Talk Chatback, and Symbian Search.