Earlier this week, we’ve reported that Google has ceased it’s “Related Links” service. In addition to related links, Google Click-to-call —”the Google Maps feature that allowed you to call a business for free in the US, was removed. “This feature was a long-running experiment, and in the end it was decided to discontinue it. There are however lots of other features we’re adding to maps in the hope of making it even more useful,” says a Googler who recommends trying GOOG-411, an automated voice-based mobile search engine. You can also try Microsoft’s local search engine, which continues to include a click-to-call feature. “
Haochi Chen was reminded of that strange day from October 2006 when Google’s Official Blog was hacked and somebody posted that “Google has decided not to continue with Google Click-to-call project”. Apparently, he was right.
One of the nine rules for innovation shared by Google’s Marissa Mayer was “don’t kill projects, morph them“. Hopefully, they’ll morph into something better.
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