Aardvark has announced in a blog post this afternoon that Google has shut them down. For those of you who don’t quite remember Aardvark, a question and answer site, was acquired by Google for $50 million in 2010. Today, Aardvark is being closed, and the team will be moved to Google+ and other products.
We’ve been excited to share these lessons within Google over the past year, especially as part of the effort behindGoogle+. It has been gratifying to see how well this project is doing — even in these early stages, Google+ has already become a great place to share knowledge online, eclipsing the original vark.com! — and there is much more to come very soon. In this and other projects at Google, the Aardvark team remains committed to developing powerful tools for connecting people and improving access to information.
The closure of Aardvark comes along with Google’s closure of Labs we reported on last month. Google’s CEO Larry Page has gone on record saying Google is killing off smaller products, in order to put “more wood behind fewer arrows”. This is evident when Google killed Labs, Slide, and now Aardvark.
Update: Google has also announced the closing of Google Desktop.
Update x2: Google has posted the full run-down of what is being closed.
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As an avid Aardvark user I’m especially sad. The service did about everything right — you were able to ask a question and get an answer relatively fast from an experienced person. In honor of data liberation, Aardvark is giving users until September 30th to get their data out. If you’re interested you can email the Aardvark team.