Wednesday, August 31, 2011
R.I.P. Google News Timeline
"As part of the phasing out of Google Labs, we have shut down Google News Timeline. It was a pleasure to serve you!"
Google News Timeline is not to be confused with Google News Archive. Google did also recently announce that they were discontinuing newspaper digitization efforts, but that the Google News Archive would remain in tact as is. Those digitized newspapers were also fed through the Google News Timeline which I considered a superior way to view the newspapers.
Since the Timeline had not been officially launched, it was kept where beta-baby tools were kept: in Google Labs. I say "were kept" because Google Labs is also now defunct.
So here's a recap:
Google News Archive - Still available, no new newspapers being added
Google New Timeline - No longer available.
Google Labs - Finis. Poof!
Google Giveth...and Google Taketh Away