Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Exclusive: Google to retire search box, slideshow gadgets

The countdown to September 29 deadlines have commenced for the retirement of two gadgets, the search box and slideshow on Blogger.com, reports ITRealms.

A public statement made available by Google, owners of Blogger.com to ITRealms showed that by 29 September 2016, the Search Box gadget on blogs will only present search results from blog.

ITRealms recalls that before now, search results from pages linked in posts, show links to the post, web, but hence forth, Google says this is no longer available from the web or from Blog List and Link List gadgets.

In addition, Google hinted that the Google Feed Application Programme Interface (API) would be retired.

“As a result, the Slideshow gadget would no longer function and we would remove it from blogs by 29 September 2016,”

According to the Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform Team, Mr. Dan Ciruli, the Google Feed API was one of Google’s original AJAX APIs, first announced in 2007.

He said it had a good run, however, interest and use of the API has waned over time, and it is running on API infrastructure that is now two generations old at Google.

He also said that along with many of Google’s other free APIs, in April 2012, were deprecated it in three years, explaining that as of April 2015, the deprecation period lapsed, while Google has continued to operate the API in the interim, asserting, “it is now time to announce the turndown.”

As a final courtesy to developers, he said, Google plans to operate the API until September 29, 2016, when Google Feed API will cease operation.

“Please ensure that your application is no longer using this API by then,” he advised.
Google, Ciruli said, appreciated how important APIs and developer trust are and do not take decisions like this one lightly.

“We remain committed to providing great services and being open and communicative about their statuses,” he said. Stressing that for those developers who find Rich Site Summary (RSS), an essential part of their workflow, there are commercial alternatives that may well fit your use case very well,” Ciruli assured.

Remmy Nweke/ED, Ops

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