Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) To Take Down Background Images


Google Inc(NASDAQ:GOOG) had made an announcement in September that users would no longer be able to upload pictures with Classic Plus that used to allow selecting and uploading images to use as backgrounds on Google homepage. The company said that the service will completely stop on 16th November.

Through a notification on its homepage, Google is thanking its users, who presently use the background image feature. It says that as the company works on a more streamlined version of Google page for its users, it will not be able to support customization with background images.

The search engine giant is also in process of modernizing a number of aspects including AdSense for Feeds that is slated to shut down totally on 3rdDecember.

The Spreadsheet Gadgets was also taken down since a number of popular gadgets are now integrated into charts in spreadsheets. Google mentioned that it has plans of phasing out the Spreadsheet gadgets that is scheduled to start next year.

The ‘Recommended Sections’ of Google News has been taken off on 15thOctober.

This is not all. +1 Reports in Webmaster Tools are supposed to phase out from 14thNovember. Google mentioned in an official blog post that the company had introduced the +1 Reports in Webmaster Tools to aid publishers in calculating +1 activities on their pages. Since webmaster now use Social Reports in Google Analytics in order to get a broader view of social activity, the company will terminate the standalone +1 Reports on 14th November.

All the aforementioned aspects have been started by Google as a part of its ‘Continued Spring Cleaning’. Google has stated in an official blog post that technology delivers several opportunities to help enhancing the lives of users. This implies it is crucial to focus or one may end up doing too much with less impact.

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