Farewell, Google+, the Social Network With No Friends


Farewell, Google+, the Social Network With No Friends

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty


oogle announced on Monday that it would be shutting down its social media service Google+. There was sorrow, panic, and heartbreak among its fanbase. All seven of them. It was revealed that a bug might have exposed the data of five lakh Google+ accounts to external developers. When the news became public, every person around the world had the exact same thought: There are five lakh people who use Google+?

When Google+ was born, it was available on an invite basis only, like Baba Siddique’s iftar party. 2011 was a different time: Men hadn’t been called out for sexual harassment, the thousand-rupee note was still in circulation, and India’s batting line-up had a middle order. Google was taking on Facebook and it was seen as the Manchester City vs Liverpool of the social media world.