Google Will Pull The Plug On Buzz

Google Buzz, which always had trouble generating much positive buzz during its short lifespan, is going the way of Donovan McNabb’s football career. Google casually announced that it’s putting the little-used social networking add-on out of its misery.

In a blog post, the company said it will shut down Google Buzz “in a few weeks,” adding that everyone’s old Buzzed witticisms will not fade into the ether, but be viewable on their Google profiles. The goal seems to be to consolidate the company’s social networking efforts into Google+.

The post concludes by insinuating that Google Buzz’s purpose in the long run was to teach itself that it couldn’t out-Twitter Twitter:

Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past. We learned a lot from products like Buzz, and are putting that learning to work every day in our vision for products like Google+.

A fall sweep [Official Google Blog via Engadget]

Previously: Google Settles Buzz Lawsuit For $8.5 Million; You Don’t Get Any Of It


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  1. Brussels says:

    Good, don’t mess with my gmail.

  2. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    This makes me sad. I actually used Buzz; it works on my work computer, whereas G+ does not. (and it’s not even that it’s blocked… just outdated.)

    But I am not surprised; figured it wouldn’t last after it’s failure of a launch. And the lawsuits. And the “almost nobody using it.”

    • LanMan04 says:

      Wait, what? G+ doesn’t “work” on your computer? Does it not support Javascript or Flash?

      • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

        I get a “Your browser is no longer supported, plz upgrade.”

        It’s a work computer though, so I can’t get a browser that isn’t Internet Exploder. D:

  3. tundey says:

    Ouch. Why bring Donovan into this?

  4. JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:


  5. exoxe says:

    Aw man, I was just about to start using it!

  6. evilpete says:

    I always assumed to be merged into google plus

  7. samonela says:


  8. toodarnloud says:

    It already forwards to youtube for me. :(

  9. deadandy says:

    I don’t know what all you people are talking about. I still use lynx, tin, and kermit.

  10. BorkBorkBork says:

    The last Buzz update from anyone on my feed is from April…of 2010. Good riddance, Google Buzz.

  11. IgnoramusEtIgnorabimus says:

    I guess its not as bad as apple pulling plug on jobs…

  12. jrobie says:

    This is a step in the right direction, now they just have to kill G+ and get rid of the black bar of death.