Google on Friday said it plans to discontinue two of its services, Google Health and Google PowerMeter.
Google Health will linger on through January 1, 2012. User data will be preserved for an additional year. The lights go out for Google PowerMeter on September 16, 2011.
“Both were based on the idea that with more and better information, people can make smarter choices, whether in regard to managing personal health and wellness, or saving money and conserving energy at home,” said Google senior product manager Aaron Brown and green energy czar Bill Weihl in a blog post. “While they didn’t scale as we had hoped, we believe they did highlight the importance of access to information in areas where it’s traditionally been difficult.”
The insufficiently popular services join other notable Google misfires, including Google Wave, Lively, and Google Video.
Stay safe in the cloud.
Uses who wish to save their data before it vanishes can go to the respective websites and download their information in supported formats. Google says that in next few weeks, it will be adding support in Google Health for the Direct Project protocol, an emerging open standard for health data exchange.
When it launched Google Health in 2008, Google emphasized how thoroughly it planned to protect personal health data, offering “complete control over your data” and promising not to sell or share users’ data without explicit permission.
But privacy worries weren’t what kept consumers away. “[Privacy] wasn’t actually a significant concern we heard from our users, and it wasn’t a significant factor in our decision to retire the service,” said a Google spokesperson via email.