Google added another entry to its long list of discontinued products on Thursday with the planned closure of Neighborly, its short-lived question-and-answer platform. The service will shut down on May 12.
Neighborly was launched in May 2018 to help gather local knowledge of cities and neighborhoods within those cities, sort of like a cross between Nextdoor and Quora. But Google says it didn’t really take off.
“We launched Neighborly as a Beta app to connect you with your neighbors and make sharing local information more humane and useful. As a community, they came together to celebrate local festivals, shared crucial information during the floods, and answered over a million questions. But the app hasn’t grown as we expected, “says the company’s explanation.” In these tough times, we believe we can help more people by focusing on other Google apps that are already serving millions of people every day. “
Google says it plans to take the lessons learned from Neighborly and use them to improve its other products. It also directs current users to its Google Maps Local Guides platform to “continue to share their local knowledge.” If you need to download your data, Google recommends that you use its take-away tool anytime before October 12, 2020.