On Monday 8th of October, Google Inc announced plans to ‘slowly’ retire google plus. The social networking site was launched in 2011 with so much fun-fare. After just 7 years of operation, the Big boys at Google has decided to retire the platform. From my findings, Google cited two reasons for the proposed action. One, Google found a bug that divulged personal data of users, two, the platform has low usage and engagement as 90% of each session last under five seconds.
Google plus is the company fourth attempt of breaking into the social networking circle, following Google friend connect(2008-2012), Google Buzz(2010-2011) and Orkut (2004-2014). Launched in June 2011, features included the ability to post photos and status updates to the stream or interest-based communities, group different types of relationships (rather than simply “friends”) into Circles, a multi-person instant messaging, text and video chat called Hangout, events, location tagging, and the ability to edit and upload photos to private cloud-based albums.