Or, as Alexia Tsotsis and Matthew Panzarino of tech crunch put it, Google+ is now a walking dead. Reportedly, Google has given up trying to compete with Facebook and Twitter, will remove the forced adoption to Google+ that it originally shoved down its users' throat, and redirect the existing G+ development teams to work on Android instead.
One big change for Google+ is that there will no longer be a policy of required Google+ integrations for Google products, something that has become de rigueur for most product updates.
One impetus of this was that the YouTube integration with Google+ did not go well, something that the public recognized through the comments blowback, but that was also seen inside the company as a rocky move.
That doesnt mean that all G+ integrations will go away, though. Gmail will continue to have it, but there may be some scaling back that keeps the sign-on aspects without the heavy-handed pasting over of G+.
Here is an interesting response to the article.
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