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.
Let’s face it, it was time. Google Buzz had long been a wasteland of RSS feeds and awkwardly-shared Google Reader content, and Google+, despite the engineering department’s criticism of the product, has been gaining some needed … uh, buzz, with 40 million users and counting. And the fact of the matter is, we still use it every day. With Buzz, we were gone within a few weeks. So were a lot of people. Noted techie Leo Laporte, for example, noted that Buzz was basically a wasteland back in August … of 2010 (it launched in February of that year). So if anything, this was overdue.