Google has confirmed it is shutting down its goal sharing service Schemer. The company says Schemer’s last day will be February 7, after which all data will be permanently deleted. The iOS app has already been pulled from Apple’s App Store while the Android app on Google Play hasn’t been updated since October 2012.
A leak late last year first suggested Schemer was next on Google’s chopping block. Google Operating System posted a screenshot of an internal version of the Schemer site, which stated the following: “Schemer will be shut down on [insert date]. We had launched over a year ago to help people to do more awesome stuff, and it has been quite an adventure for us as well! However, we have come to the difficult decision to shut down Schemer. Your schemes will be available for download until [insert date].”
Now the date has been filled in. If you’ve been using Schemer, you have less than a month to download your schemes.
To do so, follow these steps:
- Sign in to schemer.com using your Google account.
- Select “Email me my schemes” at the top of the page.
- Your data will be delivered to your Gmail account within 24 hours of the request. You will receive an email from email@example.com that contains two attachments of the exact same data in two different formats: CSV and HTML. Choose the format that works best for you and download accordingly.
For those who don’t know, Schemer arrived in December 2011. It let users discover new things to do, share schemes with friends, and “make the most of your day.” Schemer required a Google+ account but wasn’t promoted by Google, which quietly stopped updating it many months ago.
Google recommends two alternatives to Schemer users: the “Explore” section on Google Maps for Android and iOS for finding interesting things to do nearby and Field Trip to uncover unique things in your city. Both are great for discovery, but neither offer a goal-oriented experience.
For reference, the full Schemer discontinuation announcement reads as follows:
The time has come for Schemer to power down.
Schemer launched in beta over a year ago to help inspire and motivate people to do more awesome stuff, and though the app is shutting down, the adventures will continue. You can use the “Explore” section on Google Maps for Android and iOS to find interesting things to do around you, or Field Trip to uncover hidden or unique things in your city, among others.
All your schemes are available for download until February 7, 2014, after which all data will be permanently deleted. Follow these simple steps: https://support.google.com/schemer/answer/4427755
In the meantime, stay curious, ambitious, daring, and above all, stay adventurous; thank you for all your support on this journey!
-The Schemer Team