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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Google Announces the Shut-down of Seven Services

As part of their efforts to streamline their services, yesterday Google announced plans to shut-down seven services. The two services being shut-down of the most interest to me and readers of this blog are Timeline search and Bookmarks lists.

To be clear, Google Bookmarks will continue to exist. Google Bookmarks lists, which to me was one of its best features, will stop functioning on December 19. The bookmarks that are in your lists will continue to be accessible, but you will not be able to create new lists or share lists anymore. I will probably continue to use Google Bookmarks, but will probably spend more time on my lightly-used Diigo, Catch.com, and Evernote accounts.

Google Search Timeline is one of my favorite search tools that unfortunately is going the way of Wonder Wheel. You will still have the option to refine searches by date by entering dates in the refinement tool on the left-hand side of the search results page. You can also continue to use Google Trends and Search Insights.