A Final Farewell for Google+
Though it’s likely a good portion of us haven’t used the failed social network for some time now, Google+ is officially done-zo. Yesterday, a Google spokesperson told The Verge that “the shutdown is underway as of this morning.” The company will begin phasing out all personal Google+ accounts over the next few months but content deletion—including photos and videos in a Google+ album archive—will begin now.
“While our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps,” Google’s Ben Smith wrote in October. He then went on to add that “90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds."
In the early days, Google+ thought it would be a contender against Facebook and Twitter, but the platform never even came close to scratching the surface. Nonetheless, they continued to make an effort by adding Hangouts, video chats, instant messaging, and photo storage.