Following a massive data breach, Google announced that it will be shutting down its social network Google+ for consumers.
The company discovered a bug in one of Google+’s People APIs that allowed apps access to data from Google+ profiles. In light of these newly revealed security concerns with Google+’s API, the company has decided to end the service for users instead of putting it the effort to make the network more secure.
Google+ is a social network that builds off of your Google Account. If you have a Google Account, you can activate your Google+ account as easily as you would activate Google Now.
At first, it seems about the same as Facebook or Twitter, importing contacts and assigning them to circles — Google+’s version of lists. After that, you can add curated circles for your particular interests, entertainment, news, sports, etc. That said, the first big difference is that Google+ isn’t reliant on any of those real-life contacts you import. It is more centered around your interests. Instead of seeing selfies and baby pictures, you will see more content about your interests like Android, movies, cricket.
In a blog post, Google admitted that their social network never had the kind of engagement and adoption with users that they had hoped for. According to the post, 90% of Google+ users spent less than five seconds on the service in one session.
Google has decided to discontinue the service only for consumers, not enterprise users. “Our review showed that Google+ is better suited as an enterprise product where co-workers can engage in internal discussions on a secure corporate social network. Enterprise customers can set common access rules, and use central controls, for their entire organization”, the blog post read. Google+ will have new Enterprise-focused products for business users in the near future.