Google is shutting down a few services including Buzz, the social network it had created last February, to keep pace with community giants Facebook and Twitter.

The shutdown is initiated so that the internet search giant can focus on its new Google Plus network and make way for more meaningful projects. The social networking tool led to a furor over privacy violations, as the program automatically exposed users’ private and potentially sensitive email contacts. Though the company tweaked the default setting and set-up process to allow users to manually approve their followers, the damage was already done. Horowitz said, “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 and thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don’t work on.

Google vice president for products, Bradley Horowitz, wrote in a blog post Friday, “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.”

“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,” said Bradley Horowitz, Google vice president for products.

Google Buzz controversy:- Google Buzz, which is integrated into the company’s web-based email program Gmail, allows users to share messages, web links, photos and videos with friends and colleagues. However, the social networking tool led to a furor over privacy violations, as the program automatically exposed users’ private and potentially sensitive email contacts. Though the company tweaked the default setting and set-up process to allow users to manually approve their followers, the damage was already done.

Horowitz stated, “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.”

Services being chopped:- Further, the Code Search will be shuttered along with the Code Search API on Jan. 15, 2012. Jaiku, a product acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends, will be axed on Jan. 15, 2012. The University Research Program for Google Search which provides direct access to Google search results will close on Jan. 15, 2012. Also, its curtains down for Google Labs site Friday, while Boutiques.com and Like.com websites will be replaced by Google Product Search.

Horowitz said, “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 and 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.”

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