Friday, November 21, 2008

Google shuts down lively

When have you seen Google shut down any of it's program? I certainly have not. They usually try things and leave their projects out there to see whether the ideas will stick to the wall or not. Even if the idea does not catch on and is not successful they leave it running. 

Lively in case you don't know it's sort of like a Second Life idea of Google to break into the space of virtual worlds. They started it in June this year and I thought it was a promising idea then and I still think so now. So it's curious why Google should just stop it.

This is the first time Google pulled the plug on one of their many pet projects.

Google has always been supportive of this kind of experimentation because we believe it's the best way to create groundbreaking products that make a difference to people's lives. But we've also always accepted that when you take these kinds of risks not every bet is going to pay off.
Google cutting losses and cancelling it's bet ? 

I guess this means times a really getting bad. A software financial giant like Google being frugal is not a good sign at all.

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