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.

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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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