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|Successor(s)||Google Hangouts (2013–present)|
|Website||Archived official website at the Wayback Machine (archive index)|
|Registration||Required; no longer available|
|Users||111 milliona (2015)|
|Launched||April 28, 2008|
|Current status||Closed on April 2, 2019|
Google+ was a social networking website owned and operated by Google. Google+ was opened to people with an invitation on April 28, 2008 for testing. The next day the July 3, 2015, people with accounts were allowed to invite friends to the service. This was stopped within a day after there was "insane demand" for accounts.
Google+ is made to work with different Google social services such as Google Profiles and Google Buzz. It also has features including Circles, Hangouts, Sparks and Huddles. It has been said that this is Google's biggest attempt to rival the social network Facebook.
On October 8, 2018, Google said they were going to shut down Google+ by the end of August 2019. This is because a software bug in Google+ let people see the data of hundreds of thousands of users. They later moved the shut down date to April 2, 2019 after discovering yet another bug.
On 14 July 2011, Google said that Google+ had 10 million users two weeks after it was opened to people with invitations. After three weeks, Google+ had 20 million users. The Google+ iPhone app was the most popular free application in the Apple App Store less than a day after it was added to the store.
- "Circles" lets users to organize contacts into groups for sharing.
- "Messaging" lets people communicate with their circles using Android, iPhone, and SMS devices.
- "Hangouts" are places used to have a group video chat within a circle.
- "Instant Upload" lets people with Android smartphones upload and store photos or video in a private album for sharing later.
- "Sparks" uses Google Search to let users find topics they might like to share with others.
- "Streams" lets users see updates from those in their circles. This is similar to a news feed.
- "Ripples" is a visualization tool that allows users to play back public shares and conversations.
- "Introducing the Google+ project: Real-life sharing, rethought for the web". https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/introducing-google-project-real-life.html.
- Joseph Smarr (2011). "I'm a technical lead on the Google+ team. Ask me anything.". http://anyasq.com/79-im-a-technical-lead-on-the-google+-team.
- Denning, Steve (April 23, 2015). "Has Google+ Really Died?". Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2015/04/23/has-google-really-died.
- "Facebook's Newest Challenger: Google Plus". https://www.npr.org/2011/06/29/137507567/facebooks-newest-challenger-google-plus.
- Shaer, Matthew (30 June 2011). "Looking for a Google+ invite? Either get comfortable - or get crafty.". Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2011/0630/Looking-for-a-Google-invite-Either-get-comfortable-or-get-crafty..
- "Official Google+ Website". http://plus.google.com/.
- Cain Miller, Claire (28 June 2011). "Another Try by Google to Take On Facebook". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. https://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/technology/29google.html?_r=1.
- MacMillan, Douglas; McMillan, Robert (Oct 8, 2018). "Google Exposed User Data, Feared Repercussions of Disclosing to Public". The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/google-exposed-user-data-feared-repercussions-of-disclosing-to-public-1539017194.
- Smith, Ben (October 8, 2018). "Project Strobe: Protecting your data, improving our third-party APIs, and sunsetting consumer Google+". Google. https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/.
- Snider, Mike. "Google sets April 2 closing date for Google+, download your photos and content before then" (in en-US). https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2019/02/01/google-close-google-social-network-april-2/2741657002/.
- Goldman, David (14 July 2011). "Google+ grows to 10 million users". CNNMoney. Cable News Network. http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/14/technology/google_q2_earnings/index.htm.
- Musil, Steven (21 July 2011). "Google+ hits 20 million mark in three weeks". cnet News. CBS. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20081650-93/google-hits-20-million-mark-in-three-weeks/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20.
- Tsotsis, Alexia (20 July 2011). "Google+ Now The Top Free App In The Apple App Store". TechCrunch. https://techcrunch.com/2011/07/20/google-now-the-top-free-app-in-the-apple-app-store/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29.
- M.G. Siegler (28 June 2011). "Google+ Project: It’s Social, It’s Bold, It’s Fun, And It Looks Good — Now For The Hard Part". TechCrunch. https://techcrunch.com/2011/06/28/google-plus/.
- Vic Gundotra (27 October 2011). "Google+: Popular posts, eye-catching analytics, photo fun and...". Google. http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/google-popular-posts-eye-catching.html.