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GOOGLE+ To Shut Down After Privacy Debacle

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7:38 pm on Oct 8, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Google + is shutting down.

[bbc.co.uk...]

It said a bug in its software meant information that people believed was private had been accessible by third parties.

Google said up to 500,000 users had been affected.


[techcrunch.com...]

Google is about to have its Cambridge Analytica moment. A security bug allowed third-party developers to access Google+ user profile data since 2015 until Google discovered and patched it in March, but decided not to inform the world. When a user gave permission to an app to access their public profile data, the bug also let those developers pull their and their friendsí non-public profile fields. Indeed, 496,951 usersí full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status were potentially exposed, though Google says it has no evidence the data was misused by the 438 apps that could have had access.

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 8:10 pm (utc) on Oct 8, 2018]
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5:56 am on Oct 9, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Where did you read about the closure of Google+?

a blog post by Google's VP of Engineering:
https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/ [blog.google]

Project Strobe: Protecting your data, improving our third-party APIs, and sunsetting consumer Google+

...
Finding 1: There are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumersí expectations.

Action 1: We are shutting down Google+ for consumers.
...
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That search only shows more and more shocking headlines, but I still can not see where Google says Google+ will close.
All links point to a blog post where Google acknowledges their data security failure and promises to be better in the future, but I can not see anywhere a single line indicating that Google+ will be closed.
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Go here: [blog.google...] Scroll down to "Action 1:
We are shutting down Google+ for consumers.




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[edited by: keyplyr at 8:39 am (utc) on Oct 9, 2018]

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Ok, now I see it.
Thanks.
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There are quite a lot of people who have put a lot of content on Google+. Yet another example of why you should not put your stuff on other people's services.
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Closing G+ for consumers, seems radical decision for a bug which was not important enough to be revealed. May be Google found other issues, or, worries to be caught in an infernal spiral like Facebook.
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May be Google found other issues

Finding 1: There are significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumersí expectations.
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@justpassing - my comment earlier:
All those "automatically added to G+" accounts that weren't being used were purged a couple months ago. So it seems the platform may have been considered chopping-block material for some time.

Google has a history of throwing money and development at ideas, seeing how they perform, keeping some & dumping others.

G+ held on longer than most. Many compared it to Facebook, but I never saw it that way. I used it for another web presence for my business. At one time, a business had to have a G+ account to get listed on Maps.

However, little by little the business aspects moved to Maps and Google My Business.

G+ future was likely barely justifiable to Alphabet, then when the breach happened it was more prudent to kill it off, than suffer the ongoing public outcry that daunts Facebook.
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Nothing of value was lost.
2:43 pm on Oct 9, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Making the web a better place, one shutdown at a time. Now if only Facebook and Twitter would follow....
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Does anyone know how this impacts Google My Business Posts aka Google Posts? Are they one of the same? I can't find any references in any of the press releases, or in Googles statements.
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Shouldn't they eventually, er, notify members that they're ceasing to operate? Or did they make a Venn diagram of G+ members and WebmasterWorld readers and discover that it looks less like the old MasterCard logo and more like a single circle with a bit of blur along the edges, so there's no need for further notification?
8:47 pm on Oct 9, 2018 (gmt 0)

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^^^"snirk"
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Google what?
Oh you mean their lame, never adopted attempt at social networking?
Chalk it up to yet another Google failure.
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The best comment I read on Google+ (years ago) likened it to a spoilt brat who decides to hold their own party next door... to which no-one goes.
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I remember some SEOs and articles claimed that Google Plus page helps in SEO/ranking :)
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Does anyone know how this impacts Google My Business Posts aka Google Posts?
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@Jeff_Fidler - no, no one knows. Well maybe Google knows.

I wouldn't worry about it. They will move the comments and reviews over to Google My Business, if they haven't already done so.

So far it seems only G+ is being removed and the data will be available for download until August 2019. I'm sure every account owner will get a couple emails along the way.
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I remember the day G+ debut, taking it for a test drive with some colleagues. That was the last time we used it.

It offered nothing mindblowing and felt like a desperate competitor to FB. People weren't going to uproot their social media presence for something that FB already had them entrenched in.

Not surprised this died, just surprised at How long it took.
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The Google Plus app just updated on my Android phone. That seemed odd.
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Idle thought after looking at the most recent Unread Posts list: Some distant day, the subforum name [webmasterworld.com] will be the only hint that G+ ever existed. (Yes, I realize this whole thread is in the same subforum. But it isn't as glaring when it's part of the very thread title.)
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