Google Product Closures: Google Reader, Building Maker

I just learned of a couple of products, among several others, that Google is shutting down this coming summer: Building Maker and Google Reader. From the official Google blog:

Google Building Maker helped people to make three-dimensional building models for Google Earth and Maps. It will be retired on June 1, but users are still able to access and export their models from the 3D Warehouse. We’ll continue to expand the availability of comprehensive and accurate new 3D imagery on Google Earth, and people can still use Google Map Maker to add building information such as outlines and heights to Google Maps. . . .

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.

It’s inconvenient that they’re shutting down Google Reader, but I’m especially sad that they’re shutting down Building Maker. It’s a wonderfully simple online app that’s perfect for teaching beginners how to model buildings in 3D. In fact, it’s where I started when I taught myself to model.

Farewell, Building Maker and Google Reader; we hardly knew ye.

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