Here’s why Google+ is shutting down over the next 10 months

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On June 28, 2011, Google launched  the popular internet-based social networking service Google+ which reported over 111 million active users in 2015.  The service provided individuals a platform to build social relations with other people who share similar personal or career interests, activities, backgrounds, and real-life connections.

As of October 8, 2018, Google Fellow and Vice President of Engineering Ben Smith announced that the company will be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ over the next 10 months. This announcement follows a security incident that exposed users’ profile data around March 2018. Google representatives report the service as currently having “low usage and engagement” and 90  percent Google+ user sessions are lasting less than five seconds. These reports aided in the decision to condense access to the platform.

The company does however plan to keep the service accessible for enterprise customers who utilize Google+ for facilitating conversations among co-workers. New features will be available as Google  focuses on a providing a secure corporate social network.

So we must ask…

Did you utilize Google+ ‘s social networking features? If so will you be missing the service?

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