Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Google+ Shuts Down

Seven years ago, Google tried to enter the social media ring with Google+. The service was integrated with many of Google's services and flopped hard. It was found that 90 percent of Google+ user sessions lasted less than five seconds. Because it was integrated into so many services, it only stayed around until Google had a good reason to get rid of it. Due to a security issue with Google+, Google announced that they would shutter the social network in 2019. Today, Google+ is finally gone. I have no personal attachment to Google+ today and I'm more glad it's gone than not. It just overstayed its welcome in the Google ecosystem, especially YouTube. You shouldn't have to annoy someone into using your product, and Google+ was doing just that, which may have been its downfall.

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