Google has released further announcements that for many commentators see as signs of the immienent death of Google Plus – the search giants own attempt at a social media network.
Putting aside the possibility of a walking dead version of a social media network, the important news to come from Google is that Google + is no longer central to using Google services:
From the Google Blog:
So in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google (SOURCE)
So while I know there are many that get a lot out of using Google +, the majority of users find the forceful nature of the integration quite tedious.
Personally, I think this is a great move for people like me who have to maintain multiple social networks because, let’s face it, G+ was always at the very bottom of social accounts you want to keep updated.
I always found that I had the intention of putting more effort into G+ but when I finally went onto the site it was more of a ‘meh’ feeling than, oh I really want to post and engage here.
I know from reading a lot of other blogs that there is a core group of users, which, unfortunately for Google, just makes their social network another ‘niche’ site.
I doubt that we will see Google Plus dissapear for quite some time, but rest assured that Google will no longer be dedicating much of their time or resources to updating it or improving it.
Google is, after all, a business, and G+ is at the moment being dismembered for useful parts. We can now sit back and watch the salvage operation commence as Google concentrates efforts on making Google Photos, Google Hangouts and other features of G+ more standalone.
Only time will tell if this eventually just becomes another Google Wave or Google Reader type product and is just in the digital hospice until Google can rip out all the parts it needs.