On yesterday, the social network Google+ was officially disabled.
“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 that was sent out in late January.
The decision came when the company discovered a bug in Google+ that exposed personal data of nearly half a million users, with Google not disclosing it to the public until much later. Shortly after that, another security bug was discovered and it exposed more personal data of more than 50 million users.
But let’s be real here, Google+ was a flop for some time. It launched back in 2011, but the social network couldn’t compete with Facebook. Google’s massive reach helped build a sizeable user base for Google+, but the users just weren’t using the social network much, and merging Google+ with other Google services such as YouTube was met with backlash. Some of its features, such as Photos and Hangouts, were carved out and turned into separate services, but the social network itself was all but dead by 2015.
So long Google+ -it’s been fun.