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The biggest clue that Google+ was long dead — Google


Sundar Pichai
Google CEO Sundar
Pichai.

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Balibouse/Reuters


  • Google announced it is shutting down Google+ for after
    The Wall Street Journal reported that it left users’ data
    exposed.
  • Some observers online were surprised to hear it still
    existed at all.
  • You need only look at how Google’s top executives have
    stopped using Google+ to see it was an unloved child.

The tech world was rocked by another privacy scandal on Monday —
this time on an unexpected platform.

Google totally dominates many areas of our online lives, and
Google+ was its attempt to break into social media. But it was
seen as one of Google’s biggest
failures
and now, it has had an unhappy ending.

The Wall Street Journal
revealed that the data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users
had been left exposed for three years, from 2015 to March 2018.
Not only that, but Google decided against informing the public
about the vulnerability.

In the wake of the Journal’s story, Google announced that it was

shutting Google+ down as a consumer proposition for good.

Some online were surprised to hear it still existed at all:

Indeed, the writing has been on the wall for some time. You need
only look at how Google’s top executives have stopped using
Google+ to see it was an unloved child.

It was once the go-to platform for the latest pronouncements of
Google’s senior managers, but some went silent on the social
network around three years ago. Here’s when Google’s top team
stopped using Google+:

Google cofounder Larry Page — last posted August 2015


Larry Page
Google
founder Larry Page.


Seth
Wenig/AP



Page does not appear to have posted on his Google+ page since
August 21, 2015.

Page shared a post from Google cofounder Sergey Brin, announcing
a project “to put computing inside a contact lens.” Page added:
“Very excited about these health efforts also!”

Page does have a
reputation as something of a recluse
and does not have an
official Facebook or Twitter page.

CEO Sundar Pichai — last posted March 2016


Sundar Pichai
Google
CEO Sundar Pichai at the 2018 I/O conference.

Greg Sandoval/Business Insider

Pichai’s last post was an article from CNN about Google’s
Deepmind challenge, which pitted an AI against a human at playing
“Go.” Conversely, Pichai’s last tweet was just over a week ago.

In it, he announced that Google and Google staff were donating $1
million to support relief efforts in
Indonesia following the earthquake
.

Former CEO and executive chairman Eric Schmidt — last posted
February 2017


Eric Schmidt
Eric Schmidt
REUTERS/Beck
Diefenbach


Schmidt
stepped down as chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet in
December 2017
, many months after he’d given up posting on
Google+.

His swan-song post was an article
about writer Jane Jacobs and urban planning.
“My Friday long
read: Jane Jacobs’s Radical Vision of Humanity, a fascinating
read on importance of urban planning,” wrote Schmidt.

At time of writing, Schmidt’s last tweet was five days ago, and
concerned a child’s picture book aimed at busting the myth that
engineering is for boys.

Cofounder Sergey Brin — last posted September 2017


Sergey BrinEric Risberg/Associated Press

Of all the big Google cheeses, Brin seems to be the last to have
abandoned Google+, his last post being just over a year ago. The
post was about the Ragged Islands in the Bahamas taking the brunt
of Storm Irma.

Like his cofounder Page, Brin is relatively quiet on social
media.

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