No More Hello, says Google

Google has shut down Hello, the instant messenger-styled desktop photo sharing app that enabled one to send photos to friends, thru’ Picassa integration. As far as my experience with Hello…

Google has shut down Hello, the instant messenger-styled desktop photo sharing app that enabled one to send photos to friends, thru’ Picassa integration.

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As far as my experience with Hello is concerned, I never used the service (even though I use Picassa) – it was a small feature in the entire product and somehow lost it’s identity over a period of time.

What’s really commendable is Google’s decision – how many companies have the ba**s to take quick decisions on services that are not getting enough traction?

Very few.

Apart from political battles (within the team), there are lots of other issues involved while sunsetting a product – for e.g. what about users who are using the product? Whom do you migrate them to? What about pilferage? etc.

Bye Bye Hello. You won’t be missed!

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