The man who led Google’s foray into social networking is leaving the company.
“Now is the time for a new journey,” wrote Vic Gundotra in a Google Plus post announcing his departure after eight years.
So what does that mean for Google Plus? If you ask Google, absolutely nothing. But if you ask TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis and Matthew Panzarino, it means Google Plus is walking dead.
In theory I am on Google Plus. I think in three years I’ve gone into it twice. Have never worked out how it can benefit me so just ignore all the messages I get from it.
So I tend to think it is doomed.
However services can make themselves more relevant. I never used to see the point of Linked In, but in the last couple of years it has become quite useful – even if just as a CV reference service. The endorsements useful also. So I do use Linked In a but now – but to be fair only to check a specific person out – not like Twitter and Facebook where I just check in to browse when I have spare time.