What a week for Google. First the very public and embarrassing internal memo snafu of engineer slamming their Google + efforts, then fantastic public earnings, and now a product organization in transition. Google is changing fast. Kinda like the Red Sox organization
Google has an opportunity to find their “Moore’s Law” moment. Every company does something different and great which becomes their hallmark for their culture. For Intel it’s Moore’s Law… for EMC it’s sales and support, for Apple is product elegance and quality, for HP it’s quality and performance… Google hmmm we’ll it’s search, simplicity, and algorithms – computer engineering and science.
Google has a big opportunity and I think that the company understands what is happening. I believe they know they over built their tech teams in a fragmented way. I believe that Google will apply an “algorithm” to fix the “system”.
Go Google Go! Find your “thing” and get busy building better products. While you’re at it get rid of the slogan do no evil – it’s so played.
Here is Bradley Horowitz, Vice President, Product memo on their Fall Cleaning.
We aspire to build great products that really change people’s lives, products they use two or three times a day. To succeed you need real focus and thought—thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don’t work on. It’s why we recently decided to shut down some products, and turn others into features of existing products.
Here’s the latest update on what’s happening:
Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012.
In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won’t be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.
Jaiku, a product we acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends, will shut down on January 15, 2012. We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku.
Several years ago, we gave people the ability to interact socially on iGoogle. With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle’s social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are.
The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012.
In addition, later today the Google Labs site will shut down, and as previously announced, Boutiques.com and the former Like.com websites will be replaced by Google Product Search.
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+. Our users expect great things from us; today’s announcements let us focus even more on giving them something truly awesome.