Google has recently been shutting down a lot of its services. One of the biggest services to bite the dust was Google Reader. It has now been announced that Alfred, a local recommendations service, will be shut down by the internet search giant on July 19th. Customers have the option to collect their data by tomorrow.
Alfred was actually developed by Clever Sense which Google acquired back in December 2011. Back then it was said that Alfred would be kept open for the foreseeable future. Now it seems that perhaps this recommendation service hasn’t gained enough traction for Google to consider keeping it open. As previously mentioned, Alfred was a local recommendation service. It was able to learn the user’s likes and dislikes, relevant recommendations were made on them of places like bars and restaurants. Alfred users can request their data from Google from tomorrow. The company also recent announced that it is shutting down Latitude on August 9th. Apart from obviously not letting users share their location or view their friends list, all third-party services that relied on Latitude’s data would stop working as well.