Is the end of Google+ near?

Is the end of Google+ near?
In the 7 years since the launch of Google+ in 2011, the social network has been through a lot of trials and tribulations. Technically the search engine giant's fourth attempt at a social network — following in the footsteps of such mishaps as Google Buzz, Google Friend Connect, and Orkut (yes, this was real) — Google+ aimed for the stars, but never quite managed to catch up to the hopes of its creators.

Google+'s hardships are anything but a secret at this point. There was a time when Google itself wanted to pretend everything was okay — notably in 2015, when the company cited "540 million monthly active users" (only a minuscule portion of which actually used the site actively) — but the winds are changing. Earlier this year, the company announced that Google+ would be getting a brand new Android app, the "culmination of a complete rewrite of many core features." This gave us hopes that Google has actual plans to take the platform somewhere, but alas, the latest Google+ news is rather disheartening.

As spotted by AndroidPoliceGoogle France today announced that it is shutting down its official Google+ page, asking users to instead follow it on Facebook and Twitter. Yes, an official Google branch actually redirected users to follow its pages on other social media. Rather telling, isn't it?

Still, this doesn't mean that Google+ is shutting down tomorrow, but the way things are going, this seems more and more like an inevitability. Google is a company that's not afraid to pull the plug, far from it in fact. So we wouldn't be surprised if it decides to take Google+ in a "different direction" in the foreseeable future. But hey, going by current numbers, not many are going to miss the ill-conceived social network now, would they?

Google has gone on record to defend the social network before, describing it not as a direct Facebook competitor, but rather a platform where users can gather information from and about Google's various services, and connect with each other based around Google-related topics. To that effect, even if we choose to believe the company was simply making excuses, Google+ was not a complete failure. It nurtured a number of dedicated Android communities and was an all-around nice place to visit (in the rare occasion we remembered to).

Despite Google France flat-out shutting down its Google+ page, we hope the company takes the concept on to greener pastures.

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9 Comments

1. Stormrider

Posts: 72; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Google+?

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The place where you sign up for beta testing upcoming apps on Play.

2. Fred3

Posts: 587; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Google needs to focus in on the things that really matters other than these unessary bs that they keep throwing out here. Google at least should make a poll with their customers.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

"But hey, going by current numbers, not many are going to miss the ill-conceived social network now... " So tell me, what is the number of active users on G+? While I doubt it's in the 100s of millions, I do know people are still very active on it. And it's used a lot in the developer/user community to discuss bugs, features & such.

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1385; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Rebel, the problem with that - google signs you into g+ regales whether you want or not.

7. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not true, you can easily delete your G+ profile without deleting your Google account. And it only signs you in when you either start the G+ app or go to the G+ page. And nowadays when you create a Google account, it doesn't automatically sign you up for G+ anymore. You have to sign up for it manually.

8. tyger11

Posts: 297; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

InfoWars morons apparently love it, from what I've heard.

5. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1348; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

It's not popular because it's not better than pretty much any other option out there. It doesn't have many compelling features. Maybe if they are some photo filters and a little OS integration.

9. swarai

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 07, 2014

From a mobile tech/developer stand point this G+ is my go-to!

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