Google recently announced that they would be discontinuing their first foray into social networking, Google Buzz.

However, according to an article published by Search Engine Watch, this is just one of a number of products that will be shut down in the near future.

This means that a whole host of products will be shut down by January 2012.

Amongst these products are Code Search – a search tool that could be used to track open source code; both the service and its API will see closure on January 15 2012; Jaiku – a micro-blogging service that was acquired by Google back in 2007, like Code Search it too will close on January 15 2012; and University Research Program for Google Search – aimed at academic researchers, it provided them with API access for search results, it too will be discontinued on January 15 2012.

Undoubtedly a huge platform for search engine marketing initiatives, Google is said to be closing down these services in order to focus on new ventures – such as Google+.

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