Google announced on Friday that it will be doing some “spring cleaning” of some of its services. The list includes AdSense for Feeds, Classic Plus, Spreadsheet Gadgets, Places for Android, and +1 Reports in Webmaster Tools. The company also plans to merge its Picasa photo service with Google Drive, which means you’ll have 5GB for both Picasa photos and Drive items.
Google has a ton of services, and while most of them are decent, there are always bound to be a few that don’t quite live up to the hype of their other services. Sadly that time has come for Google to clean up some of their in-house offerings. They’ve also consolidated some of their more-popular features like Picasa and Drive, both of which will be sharing storage of 5GB total.
A lot of the services that Google is shuttering aren’t too important, and I think the company knows that. Obviously, I’m sure some users (albeit few) will be frustrated that Google is shutting down services like the Places app for Android, but if the user base isn’t there, Google is bound to make some changes.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Google has shut down some of its services. In the past, it shuttered Wave, which was more missed than anyone would have thought. The company also gave the axe to its first attempt at a social network, Buzz, as well as other services like Knol, Health, and Google Desktop.