I was reading through the mega-thread "Google Fonts: Your Questions, Answered
" and this question was sort of addressed at the end but not really. I thought it could use its own discussion...
Google is notorious for shutting down services that no longer meet its business objectives. See the Google Graveyard
My understanding is that Google Fonts was created to help improve search by having more sites use HTML text rather than image graphics. What happens when this goal is achieved? (I rarely see text as graphics on the web anymore).
It seems like the cost of serving web fonts to millions of websites has to extremely high, even for a company like Google.
What financial incentive do they have to continue the service? What are the chances of Google ever shutting it down?
I would love to hear the type community's thoughts.