* PageSpeed Insights: tells you how to make your website faster and gives you a score.
* PageSpeed Modules (mod_pagespeed/ngx_pagespeed): open source web server plugins that rewrite your site to load faster.
* PageSpeed Service: Google-hosted proxy version of the PageSpeed Modules.
We're only deprecating PageSpeed Service.
(I'm the TL for the open source modules.)
If you are using PageSpeed integration on Google App
Engine, it will continue to function until 1st
December 2015, after which PageSpeed optimizations
will no-longer be applied to your app. No action is
required on the part of App Engine users; after this
date apps will continue to operate, except without
the benefit of the PageSpeed optimizations.
However, I stopped using it last year since China blocked all Google service while my blog is mostly for Chinese readers. Though the proxy/cdn service is shutting down, the Pagespeed Module of Apache/Nginx is awesome, which is what I am using right now.
Despite the deprecation, the PSS team is very much worthy of a salute.
I'm working on a service that does real-time monitoring of your website performance, as measured by your actual users, on their browser. If that sounds interesting, my email is in my profile.
I find GA's UI to be absolutely terrible. I plan on having better UI, more detailed performance breakdown, and alerts / monitoring.
I'm also treating this more as a production monitoring tool, rather than a dev tool.
At least this one's fairly easy to fix, but I think there will be plenty of people unpleasantly surprised on 3 Aug.
> The Google Developers website now saves the pages you visit when you are logged into Google. You can quickly access them via the history icon at the top of the site.
What? That's my web browser responsibility...
"Turned Down": this service will be turned off on 8/3, sites that haven't moved away by then will stop working.
> I didn't even realize they offered this - CloudFlare really seems to dominate the narrative in this area.
Is this something you used? Does its turndown affect you? anyone?
One thing that would be awesome is if you could add a Google Analytics tracking code, so you could track how often their error page is shown.
Search API: used to be able to submit keywords and get XML results back, now it's AJAX-only and spits out formatted HTML, only 10 results, and different from real search results. Mostly useful for people involved in SEO. No big loss without it, but just means you have to scrape SERPs instead of getting them nicely bundled up.
Desktop: I used it for a while, then found Everything (http://www.voidtools.com/) which is far faster and more responsive.
Bookmarks: Edit: It is still there.
Health: I didn't use this directly, but many of us in the healthcare industry were looking to see how Google could shake things up. Apparently, PHI is hard and Google discontinued their service.
Voice: It hasn't been discontinued yet, but I feel certain this will be the next big product to go. The service (and app) hasn't been updated in years, there is no clear monetization strategy aside from international VOIP calling (which other applications do better), and the messaging portion is mostly covered by cellular carriers as "visual voicemail" with the widespread use of smartphones.
At the time it was discontinued. Microsoft had made it next to impossible to build your own desktop search. In particular, it was nearly impossible to turn off the indexing service they built (and required user intervention), making GDS slow, and they also started blocking/changing the API's GDS was using to make it fast.
So basically, Google killed it because they didn't think they could keep making it good.
(Nowadays, i'm pretty sure you could do it again, but ...
Also, humorously, your link gets connection refused for me :P)
"Health: I didn't use this directly, but many of us in the healthcare industry were looking to see how Google could shake things up. Apparently, PHI is hard and Google discontinued their service."
Everyone who didn't get out of this (IE MS) has only avoided doing so to avoid looking bad (When i was hiring in DC, i used to get tons of resumes from people at these services, all saying "they won't kill it completely, but they are not investing it in anymore so i want out"). From what i know, the industry is just too much of a mess and regulatory environment too weird for most companies to be significantly successful here right now.
"Voice: It hasn't been discontinued yet, but I feel certain this will be the next big product to go. The service (and app) hasn't been updated in years, there is no clear monetization strategy aside from international VOIP calling (which other applications do better), and the messaging portion is mostly covered by cellular carriers as "visual voicemail" with the widespread use of smartphones."
Go in what sense?
As a separate product?
I could see that.
ISTM the likely result here is that it just becomes part of hangouts or whatever.
I meant "go" as in "get axed as a product." I agree that it's likely to roll into Hangouts, since their offerings are trending toward the Google+ apps.
I think the plan with Voice is to keep the functionality, but move it into the Hangouts product/app.
Certainly looks like it's there to me:
edit: Oh, yes, it's Latitude, and the thread I'm referring is this one: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6018554
And the wife is an animal control officer. Less dramatic but equally saddening.
Other sites that I used from time to time and miss: Meebo (mainly before Google purchase, but continued to use sometimes), Knol (I contributed to it and thought it was great), Video (I preferred the interface to YT and uploaded stuff to it until I no longer could), Answers (love reading it, great idea)
Another issue that bothers the hell out of me is that with all the scanning of emails they do they can't figure out a probably date and time from emails that were turned into events, which mention a date and time in the body or subject.
Something I also find rather annoying is that you can't filter messages only to me from a specific sender but without any other recipients.