Google is shutting down it’s social network
Yesterday Google announced a ten month “sunsetting” period for their underused social network in a blog post . A security review called Project Strobe discovered a bug in Google+ that had the potential to leak personal information from users’ profiles. According to the analysis no one took advantage of the vulnerability – likely because no one bothered to notice.
Even though G+ was well integrated with the company’s other products like Gmail and YouTube, Google had to admit usage is virtually non-existent. “90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.” – Google blog
The combination of this potential exposure, and the fact that almost no one is using Google+, prompted Alphabet (Google’s parent company) to decide to put G+ out of it’s misery.
What should you do if you keep a profile on G+? Frankly, not much. You’re probably also use other, more widely embraced platforms. Keep working those and just begin removing you data from G+ Ten months will be plenty of time to download and migrate your data before the platform finally slips below the horizon in August of 2019.