Google has planed to shut down its two services which doesn’t seems like in popular list. It seems to be unnoticed and unpopular. They are Google Health and Google PowerMeter.
Google Health was introduced so as to let people create and access a central repository for all of their health care information on their own. They had launched the beta of this service in 2008, about six months after Microsoft released somewhat similar service called HealthVault. Google Health had raised privacy concerns at the beginning itself, Critics had a doubt if Google could protect its many partnerships it needed to make the project work and critics also questioned whether the users could fully trust it with sensitive health data.
This never seemed like an interesting service for the general public, it was only part of selected techies and fitness people have used it.
One of the Google executives wrote in a blog post
[quote]Now, with a few years of experience, we’ve observed that Google Health is not having the broad impact that we hoped it would,While some fitness enthusiasts and tech-savvy patients adopted the service, Google failed to translate that usage into widespread adoption
Google said that it will operate Google Health until Jan. 1 next year and people will be able to download their health data for a year after that it’ll be in formats including an XML file that can be imported to other services like Microsoft’s HealthVault.Google Health will close on January 1, 2012. Users will be able to download their Google Health data through January 1, 2013.
Google is keen on bringing Power Meter service down. It was the one such service that showed people information about their energy use which would encourage the user to consume less electricity & think about saving the energy. The same service is also provided by Microsoft, its called Hohm. Even This service lets people monitor electricity use in their homes.
PowerMeter was a one step towards green world that attempted to move or regain its popularity for a couple of years but Google has no option than bringing it down. It was a free software program that works with interface of home’s utility smart meter, PowerMeter shows the graphs of daily electricity consumption.It was designed to help the user to cut energy use by as much as 15 percent.
Though energy saving management have generated a lot of attention since PowerMeter’s launch, But Google’s service didn’t exactly generate sparks.
Google wrote in the blog post :
[quote]We’re pleased that PowerMeter has helped demonstrate the importance of this access and created something of a model. However, our efforts have not scaled as quickly as we would like, so we are retiring the service,[/quote]
Its told that it’ll shut down around Sept. 16.