Google this week announced yet another set of products that it will be shutting down as part of its “spring cleaning” initiative. This round includes AdSense for Feeds, Classic Plus, and Spreadsheet Gadgets for products by Google that will be shut down over the coming months. In addition, the company revealed that it will be consolidating the storage space in Picasa and Drive to give users 5 GB of space across both services.
- AdSense for Feedsб═was designed to help publishers earn revenue from their content by placing ads on their RSS feeds. Starting October 2, weБ─≥ll begin to retire this featureБ─■and on December 3 weБ─≥ll close it. Publishers can continue to use FeedBurner URLs powered by Google, so they wonБ─≥t need to redirect subscribers to different URLs. For more information visit theб═AdSense Help Center.
- Classic Plusб═is a Google Search feature that lets people upload or select images to use as a background on Google.com. Users wonБ─≥t be able to upload new pictures starting from October 16, and we’ll turn the service off in November 2012. You’ll continue to have access to any images you’ve uploaded.
- Google storageб═in Picasa and Drive will be consolidated over the next few months, so users will have five GB of free storage across both services. If youБ─≥re paying for storage, your free storage will now be counted towards your total. So if you buy a 100GB plan, it will give you 100GB ofб═totalб═storage instead of adding to what you already had. We believe this approach will make it much easier for users. For both free and paid storage, people at or near their current storage limits will have the same amount of storage after this change.
- Spreadsheet Gadgetsб═were designed to allow people to add customized features to Google Spreadsheets. But most popular gadgets have now been added directly intoб═charts in spreadsheets. So we will slowly start turning off Gadgets in Spreadsheets next year.
- Starting on October 15, we’ll stop issuing and displayingб═Google News Badges, as well as showingб═Recommended Sections. People can still tailor their Google News experience by adding custom sections or adjusting the frequency with which news sources appear.
- We’veб═mergedInsights for Searchб═into a revampedб═Google Trends. You can now see search trends and compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, time frames and properties in a single place:google.com/trends. We will no longer support Trends for Websites, which allowed people to compare traffic to and audiences of different websites.
- Places Directoryб═was an Android app that helped people find nearby places of interest. We’ve removed the app from Google Play and are taking down the Places Directory site because users can find everything in Google Maps for Mobile, which offers a much better user experience.
- We introducedб═+1 Reports in Webmaster Toolsб═to help publishers measure +1 activity on their pages. Given that webmasters now useб═Social Reportsб═inб═Google Analyticsб═to get a wider view of social activity (including +1Б─≥s), we’ll be discontinuing the stand-alone +1 Reports on November 14. Measuring social media remains a priority for Google Analytics, so stay tuned for future improvements.