How Safe Is Your Gmail If Google Plus Is Closing
On the 28th of June 2011 Google Plus launched to the public.
It was supposed to be a social network to rival all social networks.
Google had an incredibly powerful software called Google Wave too which launched on May 27th 2009 and so things were looking rosy!
Then the cracks started to appear.
Google Wave incredibly ended in April 2012 after millions had been poured into it.
The warning was that, if Google could fail to bring a product to market then anyone could fail. The world of online launches was proven to be a risky and unknown occurrence.
Yet Google Plus had its supporters and it persisted. Every now and again marketers would try and sell you on its strengths but things were just not working.
The kitchen sink was thrown at its success. I mean it did almost anything you wanted a social network to do and yet the likes of Facebook and Twitter kept trouncing it. Instagram too blasted its way in to the spotlight.
For those who can remember video tape players and the battle between the far superior Betamax and larger sized and more clunky VHS, the Google Wave and Google Plus platforms were suffering just like Betamax did.
Only time can truly tell if the public will remain loyal and a platform successful. Or is that really true in this case?
395 Million Active Users / 2 Billion Registered Users
Looking at the current stats it is surprising that Google haven’t taken the opportunity to grow and improve Google Plus. There are many users still loyal and the hardest battle of getting users has already been won.
The latest news that Google Plus is to be shut down after a bug saw roughly 500k users data be accessed by 3rd parties is more shocking than is being stated in news stories. Not because of the data breach because that actually happens a lot and other social networks have shrugged such issues off.
No, that alone is no reason to shut down a global social network backed by one of the world’s largest brands.
There is something else happening here. There is also a scary message being sent out to everyone who uses a Google service that they will pull the plug whenever they feel like it.
You have to ask yourself, if Google can do that, what does that mean for all your other online accounts you depend on and use daily?
Specifically for Google would you sign up to its next social network or other social project knowing they don’t have any form of public consultation when deciding to shut down a service?
The biggest question is how safe is your Gmail?