Google is shutting down Neighbourly in May
Back in 2018, Google launched a new experimental app called Neighbourly which was designed to help users learn more about their neighborhood through local experts. The app was initially rolled out in Mumbai, India and was later extended to a few other cities across the country. For the unaware, the Neighbourly app allowed you to post questions about any particular neighborhood in a supported city and others familiar with the neighborhood could use it to answer your queries. While the concept was definitely quite unique and helpful, the app doesn’t seem to have garnered enough interest. As a result, Google will be shutting the app down in May this year, just two years after its launch.
According to a recent report from TNW, Google recently made the announcement in emails sent out to Neighbourly users which read, “We launched Neighbourly as a Beta app to connect you with your neighbors and make sharing local information more human and helpful. As a community, you’ve come together to celebrate local festivals, shared crucial information during floods, and answered over a million questions…But Neighbourly hasn’t grown as we had hoped. In these difficult times, we believe that we can help more people by focusing on other Google apps that are already serving millions of people everyday.”
Google further added that users interested in helping others out could now make use of the Google Maps Local Guides feature instead. The Neighbourly app will be shutting down on May 12th and users will be able to download their content until October 12th. It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first service that Google has killed off this year. Earlier this year in January the company announced that it will be shutting down its App Maker in 2021 and it recently removed the location sharing from its popular messaging service Hangouts, which suggests that the service may also be shut down soon. Google has killed off a ton of apps and services in the recent past and you can check out all the apps/services that were recently discontinued by visiting the Google graveyard.