So Long, Google Plus

Google Plus is finally gone with a message “thank you for making Google+ such a special place.” Indeed, Google Plus was home to many with over 395 million monthly active users, according to Dustin Stout. Earlier last year, Google announced the doomsday (2nd April) for Google Plus, on the aftermath of a serious data breach that exposed personal data of some million users.

Furthermore, let us look back as we bid goodbye to the fourth social platform by Google, right from Orkut.

Features We Will Miss

If you ever took the time away from Facebook or Instagram and delved into the elegant user interface of Google Plus, you might have noticed the simplicity of the platform and felt the creative vibe among the people. Without going into the details, as we do, here are some of the features that made Google Plus amazing in our opinion.

  • Interactions – Like any other social media, Google Plus allowed the users to post updates and pictures with privacy options that let you choose the ‘circles’ with whom the post will be shared. Along with that, users could to host polls and share Google Drive links. Similar to Facebook ‘like’, Google Plus had something known as +1.
  • Communities – Communities are groups of like-minded people. The purpose is to engage with a large group of people sharing the same interest as you. Google Plus reared communities of all interests from puppies to sci-fi tech with great engagement among the users. Unlike pages, you need not be an organisation. Communities were a great place to find, interact and network with like-minded people.
  • Collections – Lastly, on our list is Collections. The concept of Collections is to gather and organise all your favourites in one platform. Say, you are a professional with a hobby, Collections allowed you to share everything you love with the world. Collections were different from pages, rather it had a more personal touch.

Final Thoughts

Google Plus may have had a short life. But looking at our recent past, all we can hope is that we learned something new about privacy. In fact, we should all be more careful in this digital world of today. On the other hand, it is sad to see Google Plus joining others in their digital grave. We hope, Google will someday come up another social platform which is secure and fun for all of us to use.