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If you use Google Finance, now might be the time to...
« on: September 25, 2017, 04:44:40 AM »
... Let Google know (feedback form at the bottom of Finance page) you'd like them to keep the portfolio feature. They're removing it soon.

http://phandroid.com/2017/09/22/google-finance-update/

They're completely incompetent with all their second tier products. They used to own the RSS market but killed Google Reader a few years ago rather than just put a couple engineers on it and keep it in maintenance mode. Looks like Google Finance might suffer a similar fate over time..
« Last Edit: September 25, 2017, 06:44:25 AM by Liberty »
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Re: If you use Google Finance, now might be the time to...
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2017, 05:48:56 AM »
Google is soooo annoying.

It seems that every time I have set up something with Google it gets discontinued after a few years.

Google’s personalized home page, Picasa, Google’s portfolio feature. They have had some very nice features, but as soon as you begin to rely on them they tend to vanish.

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Re: If you use Google Finance, now might be the time to...
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2017, 05:58:20 AM »
I don't think this can come as a big surprise. They haven't updated anything on Google Finance for years and years.

I do hope that they aren't going to break the GoogleFinance functions in Google Drive though, I'm using those a lot!

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Re: If you use Google Finance, now might be the time to...
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2017, 06:29:11 AM »
Google is soooo annoying.

It seems that every time I have set up something with Google it gets discontinued after a few years.

Google’s personalized home page, Picasa, Google’s portfolio feature. They have had some very nice features, but as soon as you begin to rely on them they tend to vanish.
I really miss Google home page, I loved it. I've tried others but none have the ease of use and options that Google home page did.
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Re: If you use Google Finance, now might be the time to...
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2017, 06:46:23 AM »
I don't think this can come as a big surprise. They haven't updated anything on Google Finance for years and years.

I do hope that they aren't going to break the GoogleFinance functions in Google Drive though, I'm using those a lot!

The surprise is that a company with tens of thousands of engineers and infinite resources can't put one person part-time on just maintaining a page and maybe fixing a few bugs.. Maybe do a 6-month project to build HTML5 charts and then after that just maintain it..?
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Re: If you use Google Finance, now might be the time to...
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2017, 06:48:44 AM »
augustabound:
Ditto, If you ever find a good replacement let me know. Google comes up with features like the personalized home page - which i found excellent - and after a while you tend to rely on it but then Google just drops it. I have used igHome but it is not near as good as Google was. I don't know how much it would take on Google's part to keep features like these going but one would think it would be very small in the overall picture.

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Re: If you use Google Finance, now might be the time to...
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2017, 07:15:30 AM »
Liberty, where is the feedback link? Thanks.

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Re: If you use Google Finance, now might be the time to...
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2017, 07:28:35 AM »
Seems like people here haven't actually read the article. While they are discontinuing the Portfolio feature of Google Finance, they've actually confirmed they're going to be developing the Google Finance product again for the first time in years. Overall, this seems like a good thing to me since Yahoo Finance is pretty crappy..

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Re: If you use Google Finance, now might be the time to...
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2017, 07:56:40 AM »
I use a Google portfolio as well. I have a long list of stocks I follow and Google's solution was very useful at keeping an eye on price movements. FT.com has a portfolio feature as well and I'll probably be using that in the future, as well as a Google spreadsheet.

This is just typical Google behavior by now. It seems that anything that doesn't add to the bottom line gets eliminated. And that is fair to some extent: they have no obligation to continue to offer features that don't make money. I do think they should then stop introducing other free services/features that have no shot at ever making money. The value of free services for Google lies in the information that users hand over. Gmail is valuable to them, because they scan your e-mails, which helps them to target their ads much better. A list of stock tickers doesn't really help them in that regard and this was clear from the start. So why offer a portfolio feature in the first place if you can't charge users and the data you receive from them isn't valuable?

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Re: If you use Google Finance, now might be the time to...
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2017, 07:57:28 AM »
Seems like people here haven't actually read the article. While they are discontinuing the Portfolio feature of Google Finance, they've actually confirmed they're going to be developing the Google Finance product again for the first time in years. Overall, this seems like a good thing to me since Yahoo Finance is pretty crappy..

Unless they develop Google finance the same way Yahoo Finance was developed last couple of years. Which was basically make it more unusable.

We'll see I guess.

Mostly though it seems that companies are just killing the API/programatic access to finance data. Microsoft/MSN data access in Excel was killed. A lot of Excel SMF Add In data accesses through various sites/companies are dead or half dead.