Goodbye, Google Labs, and thanks for all the fish

I’m a little behind this story. Blame it on going to the gym at night after work and after the kids are in bed rather than sitting down and being a good blogger. Still, I’m betting there are a few of you out there who haven’t heard that a significant part of Google’s soul is dying.

Perhaps that’s melodrama, but the fact remains that Google is shutting down Google Labs, the place where the company’s engineers experimented and let the public play with the results of their experiments.

In many cases, the company says, this will mean ending Labs experiments. Others will be folded into existing Google products.

If you’re feeling particularly wistful, there are a number of ‘farewell Labs’ slideshows floating around the Web, including this one from the MIT Technology Review.