NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- In a recent blog post, Google (GOOG) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class C Report announced its first foray into the social networking world will be shut down "in a few weeks."

If you're thinking Google has killed off Google+, its main challenger to Facebook, shame on you. You've forgotten the Google+ predecessor, Google Buzz. Perhaps because the less than 2-year-old feature has long since faded into obscurity, Google Buzz has finally been given the ax.

Google's first dip into social networking has been killed off.

"To succeed you need real focus and thought -- thought about what you work on and, just as important, what you don't work on," the Google blog post reads. "It's why we recently decided to shut down some products, and turn others into features of existing products."


launched Buzz

in February 2010, then proceeded to launch Google+ in June 2011, which quickly became the

fastest-growing social network in history


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For those who loved Buzz and are sad to see it go, Google says users can still see old Buzz posts on their Google Profile and download a copy of their Buzz data via

Google Takeout


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