In a conversation here on Cake (linked), @treyratcliff said, “Even though he [Sergey Brin] probably played a role in shuttling Google+, maybe they have another social experiment up their sleeves.”
Okay, but then who the hell is ever going to trust Google again when Lucy is just going to pull the football away again?!
If that is at all true, then they had better rethink shutting down G+ because there is no reason for anyone to ever spend time on “just another half-hearted experiment” making their next experiment already dead.
And if it was never anything more than an experiment, well then they never really got it in the first place which explains why Google keeps failing time after time. Why wouldn't people move to Plus from Facebook? Permanence.
The entire world knows that Google is going to cut and run because that is what happens with experiments. They end. Then what? There is not a single person on this planet that thinks that Facebook is ever going away. And they are not going to schlep all of their crap over to somewhere that they do not believe has staying power. People hate moving.
But most of us who did come and stay were not there because we are photographers musicians or poets. And we were not there to sell products or push articles that we published on TechMashaVerge are whatever.
We are on Google+ because we met amazing people. We have friends there who enrich our daily lives. We can have extraordinary conversations about anything and everything. And some of us (now that #nymwars is over) can speak freely under a pseudonym in a way that we cannot under our IRL name. We can truly participate in the public discourse because sometimes...
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
~ Oscar Wilde
Funny, for a product that just wasn't as big as the number crunchers wanted, they got Hangouts and Photos. And who knows what might have come next if they hadn't gotten bored. Plus was a fantastic incubator.
So Google Plus is going away. Well, let's take stock of just what Google has left that we can truly depend on going forward. Email, cloud storage, productivity applications, an operating system, and a search engine.
Congratulations, Google. You are now Microsoft. Oops.