Yesterday, Google announced plans to shut down the consumer version of Google+ after a previously undisclosed security flaw was brought to light. Launched in June 2011, Google+ was Google’s most ambitious attempt at creating a social networking platform. It rapidly gained millions of users, but as usage slowed, Google wedged Google+ into countless services, pushing people to join and use the network — whether they wanted to or not.
It never quite took off, and in 2015, the company said it had plans to drop Google+ as a requirement across its products. Today, even Google admits Google+ has “low usage and engagement” and that 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last less than five seconds. But there was a time when Google desperately…
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