Who remembers Webmaster Tools and its merciless label “Old school”?
Or Google Page Creator, the outdated (for now) tool Facebook uses to try to muscle Google in its market by poking around your site and finding changes that you don’t approve?
Or how about Ajax just gone—so, er, powerful?
That last data point is all leading to Google’s mightiest weapon yet. Yesterday it quietly began rolling out the self-destructing Gmail and Google Reader service—and today we’re starting to get an idea what to expect when Google launches Google Toolbar Update 4.
Start by going to Google Toolbar and looking for the search box at the top right-hand corner of your site. Click on the “This Toolbar Version” button and you’ll get an option to remove it immediately.
At that point, you can press “Kill the self-destruct” at any time, and Google will rebalance its data to the account’s limit. You’ll also see a message telling you to either delete the previous version or get rid of it.
A second option will allow you to remove older data items from your Google Data Inventory (let’s call it Inventory Content), so if Google is ripping off old tabs you probably won’t be allowed to keep, you’ll be able to stick your finger in the red box.
Lastly, be sure to head to the first option: You’ll be able to delete all of the data you already have stored in your Google Data Inventory (Google’s ambitious new tier-by-tier data-demolishing tool).