It is being reported that Google is allegedly considering a plan to disassemble its social network, Google+. If so, Google would probably then consider Google+ a platform instead of a product, various news sources are reporting.
This means that Google+ will no longer exist as a social system which is concerned with competing with other social media sights such as Facebook, but it still may be assimilated into Google’s current products.
The company has allegedly been moving around the groups that used to be at the center of Google+ and sending much more talent in the direction of the Android team. Google did have nearly 1,200 employees who worked on Google+.
It is believed the Google group will move to the Android team along with the Photo teams. Any other Google workers will most likely be put on portable projects, such as working on widgets that use Google+ as a platform instead of a product. However it must be said that Google is still ambiguous on the entire matter.
All of the changes with Google+ came about after Vic Gundotra, who was the lead of Google+, stated that he was planning to leave Google. One of the company’s representatives has denied that there are going to be any changes within the company’s Google+ strategy. The representative also stated that Gundotra’s leaving the company had absolutely no impact on Google’s plans for what it does with Google+.
Google has reportedly done away with any required Google+ combinations with its other products. However that does not mean it is planning to totally get rid of Google+, but the incorporation could be scaled back quite a bit
Gundotra supposedly had conflicts with some other employees inside the company, chiefly around the idea of required Google+ combinations into products such as Gmail and YouTube.
However changes would not be, for the most part, unexpected, given Google+ as a separate social media site really has never achieved the popularity level such as Facebook. It has been reported that Google+ had around seven million daily users in 2012. There is a chance that the site has experienced growth since then, but bearing in mind that Google+ just might be pulled apart, any type of substantial growth does seem to be doubtful.
So Google is allegedly considering a plan to undo its social network, Google+. If this is true, the company would probably most likely then consider Google+ to be considered a platform instead of a product, various news sources are reporting.
This means that Google+ will no longer exist as a social system that would be concerned with competing with any other social media sights such as Facebook. However it still may be assimilated into Google’s current products.
Numerous fans of Google+ seem to be really upset over the news, but most of them do not believe that Google will ever get rid of Google+ completely. One fan stated that he believed there were enough individuals using the fringe services such as Photos and Hangouts to justify keeping it. However he added that he agreed that having it as a platform was a great idea.
Only time will tell what Google decides to do. Regardless, quite a few people will miss Google+ if they do dismantle it.
By Kimberly Ruble
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