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Google Kills Another Product You’ve Never Heard Of

Dave Parrack 28-02-2017

Google is killing off Google Spaces, its experimental social networking/group messaging app. We’re guessing you’ve never actually heard of Google Spaces before today. Which means this news is likely to elicit nothing but a shrug of the shoulders from a select band of Google diehards.


Google has a habit of killing off products and services. Google Reader is probably the most memorable Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader is dead. By July the Internet's premier RSS service is shutting down forever, leaving users to find a replacement on their own. If you're looking for an equivalent to Google these are just... Read More , while Showtimes is the most recent Google Kills Showtimes, Annoying Moviegoers Everywhere Google has quietly killed Google Showtimes, a standalone website telling you where and when you could see a movie in your local area. Fans of Showtimes are revolting against the decision. Read More . There are too many dead Google products and services What Has Google Killed In The Past 7 Years? Earlier this month, we had to say goodbye to Google Reader, a much-loved RSS reader. Whenever Google kills one of their products, disappointment inevitably spreads across the Internet. Read More to mention here, but it’s fair to say Google is merciless when it comes to pruning failures.

Clearing Out the Dead Wood

The latest victim of this culture of clearing out the dead wood is Google Spaces. Google launched Spaces in May 2016 Windows 10 Gets Infested With Ads, Google Launches Spaces... [Tech News Digest] Windows 10 doubles the number of promoted apps, Google launches a new messaging app, Twitter makes room for more words, the BBC has one eye on Netflix, and a short film made entirely of stock... Read More as yet another attempt to muscle in on the social networking space. Just like Google+ Google's Plus: The Latest in Long Line of Social Flops Google's history of launching social network is a series of failures. Read More , Google Spaces failed to take off in a big way, so it’s now being shuttered.

Google Spaces was a group messaging app designed to help you discuss specific topics with like-minded individuals. It had Chrome, Search, and YouTube baked into it to help you share content without ever leaving the app. And it was available on Android, on iOS, and the web.

Google is shutting Google Spaces on April 17, 2017, at which point all Spaces and their content will be deleted. From March 3 until April 17, Google Spaces will be available in read-only mode. During this period you can see, save, or print your content, or delete your content and Spaces.

Google says it will “use what we’ve learned to improve other Google products and services”.


The Short Life of Google Spaces

The death of a Google product usually elicits complaints from people who use said product. However, no one seems particularly bothered about the death of Google Spaces. We actually wrote a whole article explaining why you need Google Spaces in your life 6 Reasons Why You Need Google Spaces in Your Life But what exactly can it do? And why should you be using it? I'm going to explain why you need Google Spaces in your life right now. Read More , but it turns out no one really did. Including Google itself.

Do you currently use Google Spaces? If so, how do you feel about Google killing it off? What messaging app will you use instead? If not, have you even ever heard of Google Spaces? Or is this the first time you’ve seen its name in print? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Fik of Borg
    March 1, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    How can one come to rely on a Google service knowing that it can be suddenly killed? Today was Spaces, that a few knew and fewer still tried, but a lot of people have been burned in the past (Latitude, in my case)
    On the other hand, how can one go back to live without GMail, Hangouts and Maps?

  2. John
    February 28, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    I've heard of it.

    • Jibby
      January 25, 2019 at 1:10 am

      Well now you have?