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Google Closes Another Service: Related Links

Google has shut down its Related Links product, which displayed related web pages, searches and news to the page it was on. Webmasters could use it to add some content to their pages, plus it gave Google some extra visibility, but apparently the service just wasn’t popular enough for Google to keep around. Google shut it down two months ago without telling anyone (bad Google!), replacing the boxes with simple Google search boxes, which look like this:


Yeah, that doesn’t look silly.

Anyway, most of what Related Links did can be replaced by the AJAX API, so if you need it, try that out.

Now, sing Sarah McLaughlin’s “I Will Remember You” (play the YouTube video on the right) and remember the short life of the Related Links box:

Google Releases Related Links - April 4, 2006
Google Related Links With Ads - April 5
Google Related Links Now Even More Useable - May 7
Google Video Added To Related Links - August 14

July 19th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Search, General | no comments

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