'Google Friends' a charming newsletter at the age of thirteen has now been shut down aso on July 29 due to flat subscription numbers and the prominence of Google news on Twitter and the official Google blog as impetus for its retirement.
Google Friends Newsletter was created by Larry Page in April 1998, when Google was still on Stanford servers. In the early days, the Friends notes offered newsy details like "We are
gearing up to do another crawl. We should start within a few weeks" and tips on tweaking your search queries.
Quote from the Google Group:
Obviously a lot has happened since then, including changes in how we communicate updates to all of you. So this will be our last Google Friends Newsletter. We started the Official Google Blog in 2004 and joined Twitter in 2009, and we've seen dramatic growth on those channels. Meanwhile, the number of subscribers to this newsletter has
remained flat, so we've concluded that this format is no longer the best way for us to get the word out about new Google products and services.
[Source: Google Group]