Google has continued to refine its service lineup today with the announcement of a new “off-season spring cleaning”, the third mass shutdown of services to date.
While not all of the services are dead right now, the shutdown dates have been announced.
The services shutting down are:
Google Bookmarks Lists on December 19, 2011.
Google Friend Connect on March 1, 2012 for non-Blogger pages.
Google Gears on December 1, 2011.
Google Search Timeline which has already been removed.
Google Wave which will become read-only on January 31, 2012 and finally shutdown on April 30, 2012.
Knol‘s shutdown begins on May 1, 2012 and by October 1, 2012 will be gone.
Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal, an effort to drive down the cost of renewable energy, starting now.
It’s sad to see so much work get flushed down the drain, but it’s still good to see that Google is continuing to refocus on the big picture instead of a lot of non-integrated services that nobody knows about or are unused.