Google To Shut Down Prized Asset

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.

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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.

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According to reports, the company fixed the bug flaw exposing users personal data March …read more

Source:: Idafrica