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By Jonathan Vanian
February 25, 2017

Google is saying goodbye to one of its many messaging apps.

The search giant said Friday on a technical support page that it would shut down its Spaces app on Apr.17. Google debuted the app in May and pitched it as an easy way for people to conduct multiple online conversations based on individual topics like sports and news.

The app was tethered to several other Google (goog) products like search and YouTube, and was intended to encourage people to chat and share articles and videos with each other inside the app.

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Apparently, Spaces never caught on, and it joins several other messaging and social networking apps that Google has revamped or shuttered over the years because of a lack of popularity, including Google+ and Wave.

“Our goal with Spaces was to create a better small-group sharing experience, and we’ll use what we’ve learned to improve other Google products and services,” the search giant said on the support page.

“It was a tough decision, and it’s tough to say goodbye,” Google added.

People can still read older messages on Spaces over the next few weeks, but they won’t be able to create new group chats, leave comments, or share videos and other content.

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After April 17, Google said it would delete the app in its entirety along with user data.


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