El fin de Google Friends Newsletter

Hoy llega a mi carpeta de Newsletter en GMail, como tantas otras veces, el email de Google Friends Newsletter, salvo que esta vez el texto me llama mucho más la atención. Cito:

from	Google Friends Newsletter newsletter@google.com
reply-to	newsletter@google.com
to	Google Friends <google-friends@googlegroups.com>
date	Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 20:18
subject	Changing the way you get your Google news
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Greetings to our Google Friends,It’s hard to believe, but this monthly missive is now 13 years old. We
hope you’ve enjoyed reading it over time, and wanted you to know that
we are retiring it in its current form.

As you may know, the Google Friends Newsletter was created by Larry
Page in April 1998, when Google was still on Stanford servers. In the
early days, the Friends notes offered newsy details like “We are
gearing up to do another crawl. We should start within a few weeks”
and tips on tweaking your search queries.

Obviously a lot has happened since then, including changes in how we
communicate updates to all of you. So this will be our last Google
Friends Newsletter. We started the Official Google Blog in 2004 and
joined Twitter in 2009, and we’ve seen dramatic growth on those
channels. Meanwhile, the number of subscribers to this newsletter has
remained flat, so we’ve concluded that this format is no longer the
best way for us to get the word out about new Google products and
services.

You can still get updates and power tips from Google in several ways:

The Official Google Blog – http://www.googleblog.blogspot.com
Our main blog features the widest range of our biggest news and
announcements. Subscribe to our blog posts by email—no more than one
per day—by scrolling to the “Subscribe” box on the right-hand side of
the blog. You can also subscribe to the blog in an RSS reader, or pick
and choose which subject(s) you’d like to get news about by
subscribing to a topical label (look on the right-hand side for this
list).

Topical blogs – http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/blog-directory.html
Visit our blog directory to find a blog that covers just what you’re
interested in, whether it’s Chrome or search, or blogs in additional
languages that cover countries around the world.

Twitter – http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/twitter-directory.html
We have a wide variety of Twitter feeds covering many different
topics. Visit our Twitter directory and follow the ones that strike
your fancy.

We hope you enjoy whichever channels you choose. You’re always a
Google friend to us!

 

Esto marca el final de una larga y próspera etapa para la gente de Google. Si bien es cierto que los distintos blogs de Google nos mantienen informados de las novedades de la compañía, recibir la newsletter nos daba ese aire de clásico, ese toque de retrospectiva a aquellos que usábamos Google cuando sólo era buscador, cuando aún ponía “Beta” en su básica página de búsqueda.

Tras 13 años de newsletter, ponen fin a este medio de información tan arcaico.
¿Cómo creéis que recibiremos la información de la compañía dentro de otros 13 años?

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