Google is shutting down its crowdsourced social Q&A platform Neighbourly. The service will cease to be available from May 12, 2020.
Neighbourly was launched as a Beta app in the Indian city of Mumbai back in May 2018 and was later extended to New Delhi and Bengaluru. It was designed to help people learn more about their neighborhood with inputs from local experts.
Users could post questions about any neighborhood in a supported city. People familiar with that particular neighborhood could then respond to those queries. Neighbourly could come handy in situations like floods when users could ask people how the condition is at the other end of their neighborhood.
Google says that over one million questions were answered on Neighbourly since its release two years ago. However, the app never gained the traction that the company was hoping for. It didn’t come out of the beta phase.
As a result, Google will be shutting the app down on May 12 this year. Users will be able to download a copy of their data until October 12, 2020.
“We launched Neighbourly as a Beta app to connect you with your neighbors and make sharing local information more human and helpful.
As a community, you’ve come together to celebrate local festivals, shared crucial information during floods, and answered over a million questions. But the app hasn’t grown like we had hoped,” Google explained.
“In these difficult times, we believe that we can help more people by focusing on other Google apps that are already serving millions of people everyday.”
Google plans to take the lessons learned from Neighbourly and use them to improve its other products. The company is steering interested users to make use of the Google Maps Local Guides feature and keep continue sharing their local knowledge.
Neighbourly joins the Google Graveyard
Neighbourly is not the first Google app to see the dead end this year. In January, the company announced the closure of its App Maker. A G Suite service for enterprise users, the tool lets users build applications without writing much code. App Maker will remain live until January 19, 2021.
Google also recently announced the closure of its free Wi-Fi service ” Google Station”. Initially launched in India and later extended to Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and others, the service offered free internet to commuters at several railway stations across the country.
Hangouts might also soon join Neighbourly, App Maker, Google+, and several others in the Google Graveyard. The company is striping Hangouts off features one by one. Most recently, it removed the location-sharing feature from the app, suggesting that the service may be shut down soon.