RIP Google+: Firm officially shuts down its failed social media network today

Google+ is dead

RIP Google+: Firm officially shuts down its failed social media network today

"On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts", the company said in a notice in late January.

An embarrassing security lapse blamed on Google+ APIs accelerated that process, however.

If you still have data saved or shared on Google+ that you would like to keep, Google's data export system can make a copy of that. However, its users were outraged when it decided to make a Google+ profile a pre-requisite for being able to comment on YouTube videos.

Google+ first launched back in 2011 as a way for the search giant to better compete against the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

Here is how users were able to do that...

Personal Google+ pages have been shut down as of today, while Google begins the process of deleting content from Google+ accounts.

It wasn't all a failure for Google+. One of Google's most popular products, Google Photos, was spun off from a Google+ feature initially, for example. This helped give the budding social network a quick boost but in the end, few users were actually engaging with the platform.

Google followed suit, letting outside developers access some Google+ data with users' permission.

"Google+ is no longer available for consumer (personal) and brand accounts", the site says as of today.

"We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content".

As promised, Google has now closed down Google+, the social networking experiment that just never really took off. By the time Google made the decision to shut it down, 90-percent of Google+ user sessions amounted to less than five seconds in length. Those who used pseudonyms or nicknames were not only banned from the service but also ended up being locked out of other Google services for violating the social network's real-name policy.

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