Google has finally decided to shut down its goal-sharing service, Google
Schemer. The service was launched in beta over two years ago, at the
end of 2011.
Google Schemer is a service for sharing goals and
discussing them with other people. The service is aimed at ensuring
users 'always have a scheme up [their] sleeve', whether by discussing
plans with fellow Schemers who've done something similar, or getting
ideas for things to do.
Google had initially kept the service to
as an invite-only one. Unfortunately, the service failed to impress
people and it didn't have the expected traction as well. Signed in users
are shown this message (seen above), and informed that will be able to
download their 'schemes' until February 7, 2014, after which, they will
be permanently deleted. A simple 'Email me my schemes' button is
provided to do the deed. As a migration path for users still wanting to
'Scheme', Google is suggesting they use 'Explore' section on Google
Maps, or its Field Trip app, to find interesting things to do around
The search giant also announced it has updated Google Drive,
adding the 'activity stream' feature. The company detailed the update
on in its official Enterprise blog.
Google says that the update
will start to rollout from January 14, 2014. The service is basically a
feed which helps users review every action taken on their shared files
When the service rolls out, users will notice an 'i'
button in the top right corner of their Google Drive home page, which
says 'Details and activity' when rolled-over. Pressing upon the button,
the activity stream will appear, displaying which user has taken which
action on shared files and folders in 'My Drive'.
users will be able to activities such as moving or removing, renaming,
uploading or adding, sharing or unsharing, editing or commenting. Users
can see detailed activities on each file and folder as well, by
selecting them in the My Drive pane while having the activity stream.
More details about the activity stream feature can be found on the
Google Drive support page.