Two years ago, Google+ had over 440 active monthly users. As of December 2018, it is a few months away from shutting down. This service was originally planned to shut down in August 2019, but due to a recent security bug, this date has been pushed forward to April 2019. Originally, Google+ decided to shut down in August 2019 because of a bug that released private data of hundreds of thousands of users for about three years. Additionally, the usage of Google+ declined as other forms of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat saw an increase in popularity. This also played a factor in Google deciding to shut down. The security bug that was found recently exposed private information such as email addresses even if they were private, but luckily did not expose any other information that is too important. Also, Google was able to fix this not too long after discovering it. In addition to this, they are notifying users who were affected by this. Although it is currently not being used much, it was originally fast-growing and quite popular. Just a few months after launch, it reached ninety million users, but users averaged only about a few minutes of use a day, which was a lot less compared to Facebook, which was quite similar to Google+. After a while, users stopped using Google+, and now the service shutting down has not concerned many, as not many use it. It is advisable that Google+ users delete their account especially with the recent security issues, and make the switch to a different social media.
Author: Ritik Sinha
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