Google shuts down Neighbourly, its hyperlocal social network application

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The app was first introduced in India in the beta phase. Since them it has failed to gain enough traction with users and is now in the process of being shut down.

STRONG POINTS

  • Google closes the Neighborly app
  • The platform is Google’s hyperlocal social networking app
  • The app will be closed on May 12

Tech giant Google has decided to shut down another of its promising projects, Neighbourly, its hyperlocal social networking app. The platform that was once projected as Google’s answer to Facebook has never made it out of beta and has now been announced to be shut down next month.

The company announced that the app will cease working from May 12 and asked users to download a copy of the data through Google Takeout no later than October 12, 2020. The app was developed by the Next Billion Initiative of the company and is one of those that were started with India in mind. It aimed to give local communities a portal to seek answers to practical questions about life, routine and more.

Notifying users of its decision by mail, Google said the app had answered more than a million questions, but the project had not been able to develop as it had hoped. He further explained:

“We launched Neighborly as a beta app to connect with your neighbors and make sharing local information more human and useful. As a community, you came together to celebrate local festivals, shared crucial information during flooding and answered over a million questions.

But Neighborly did not grow up as we had hoped. In these trying times, we believe we can help more people by focusing on other Google apps that already serve millions of people every day. “

Google said it will focus on other apps and services that already serve many people every day and even suggested that Neighborly users sign up as local Google Maps guides to continue helping their local communities. .

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