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Google+ will cease all its consumer services while winding down over the next 10-months with an opportunity for users to export their data while Google refocuses on making G+ an enterprise product.
The announcement comes after the revelation that a security bug allowed third-party developers to access Google+ user profile data since 2015 until Google discovered and patched it in March, but decided not to inform the world. When a user gave permission to an app to access their public profile data, the bug also let those developers pull their and their friends’ non-public profile fields. 496,951 users’ full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status were potentially exposed. The company decided against informing the public because it would lead to “us coming into the spotlight alongside or even instead of Facebook despite having stayed under the radar throughout the Cambridge Analytica scandal” according to an internal memo. Now Google+, which was already a ghost town largely abandoned or never inhabited by users, has become a massive liability for the company.
I still found value with Google Plus because posting to it increased my SEO. I also was more likely to see announcements there by folks I follow than on Facebook because Facebook is so much more "noisy."
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
I never particularly liked Google Plus, nor did I ever get any value from following others on Google Plus. So I can't say I'm disappointed that it's shutting down. One less social media account to maintain is never a bad thing.
I'll be shutting mine down today.
Yann ToledanoForum Moderator, TechSoup.orgDigital Marketing ConsultantYTConsulting.com@MarketingYann
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