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Google also plans to bury Google Bookmarks Lists, an experimental feature for sharing bookmarks and collaborating with friends. Bookmarks Lists will end on December 19 and all bookmarks within Lists will be retained and labeled for easier identification while the rest of Google Bookmarks will continue to function normally.
Google Friend Connect, a feature that lets Webmasters add social features to their sites by embedding snippets of code, will also be put to bed. Google will kill Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012 and Google is encouraging Friend Connect users to make the leap to Google+ to keep in contact with friends and followers.
Google will remove Google Search Timeline, the graph of historical results for a search query. Google said users will be able to restrict any search to particular time periods using the refinement tools on the left-hand side of the search page. And users that want to see graphs of historical Web search trends can use other services from Google, such as google.com/trends and google.com/insights/search, which present data since 2004. For more historical data, Google said the "ngram viewer" in Google Books offers similar information.
Knol, which Google launched in 2007 as a tool to let experts collaborate on articles and Web content, will work as usual until April 30, 2012 and knolls can be downloaded to a file and or migrated to WordPress.com. Then, from May 1, 2012 to Oct. 1 2012, knolls will no longer be viewable, but can be downloaded and exported. After that, Knol content will be no longer accessible. Google said. Google said it has been working with Solvitor and Crowd Favorite to create Annotum, an open-source scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress.
And lastly, Google will put an end to its Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal initiative, which was developed to drive down the cost of renewable energy. Google has published its results and said it will continue to work for cleaner, more efficient energy, but will close its Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal efforts.
"At this point, other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level," Google wrote.