Google Plus Is Mouldering


A quick search for “Google Plus is dead” reveals a number of recent articles about the pending death of the social media platform. It’s not fair to say it’s dead as yet. But it’s certainly mouldering.

I took an informal survey on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Slack, asking folks if they were still using G+. Here is an anonymous compilation of those results.

I use G+ regularly. (6)

  1. I do. (Note, shared by a Google employee friend of mine.)
  2. I am still there…Maybe this is why I felt so lonely. ????
  3. I use the communities almost daily; but it’s been there a while. Could easily move it to a different service.
  4. I do it for my blog and results are good.
  5. Yep.
  6. I do use G+ to about the same extent I use Facebook and Twitter. I prefer G+ over Facebook. Twitter is too different to compare.

G+ has residual value. (6)

  1. It’s definitely gone downhill but there appear to be some ardent users still. But then again, some people still use Friendfeed too! I get comments and +1’s from real people. And it’s worth adding your stuff there just so Google sees it!
  2. I was, sort of, for photography communities and when I was playing their game, Ingress. That’s all it’s good for as far as I’m concerned.
  3. Not for Facebook type stuff, but I have a group on there for network/IT stuff. I like the format better for that. And less chatter/clutter compared to Facebook.
  4. I use it twice a month, maybe.
  5. G+ is too good. It’s too attractive to marketing people. I just skim it for obviously amateur content, does that count as use?
  6. I use it to find how many fans I have in India.

G+ is dead to me, or never was alive at all. (32)

  1. I liked the idea at first, but I just wish the circles could be followed as well as assigned.
  2. I don’t see much happening there. But then, I never really put much time into it in the first place.
  3. Never got around to setting up an account.
  4. It was A.U.D.b.V. = Activated, Unused, De-activated by Vendor.  It’s a shame really because anyone wanting to hit Google trends needed to use this…now Google will have to actually add up other sites social trends.
  5. Setup my account and never logged in again.
  6. Nope, it had some nice features, but I never really saw much in the way of posts that I was interested in there, so eventually stopped checking it.
  7. Nope, I liked it better than Facebook, but none of my friends every made the transition.
  8. Never did.
  9. Nope.
  10. Created an account one day and never went back.
  11. Oh yea…Forgot about G+…
  12. I tried to use it but didn’t see much engagement.
  13. I use it to share stuff, but only because of due diligence (as opposed to enthusiasm or pleasure).
  14. What’s G+? Can you remind me again?
  15. Nope. Gave up on G+ long ago.
  16. Nope. I used G+ last in 2012 to express my displeasure in their real name policy.
  17. I stopped using it about 2 months after it came out.
  18. Never used it – never really liked it.
  19. Nope, put a message on there to follow me on the Twitters years ago…
  20. Nope. Have some stale account out there, but never really got into it. One social media platform too many…
  21. May have actually “used it” twice.
  22. I Waved goodbye to Plus a long time ago! (Pretty sure this respondent capitalized that “W” on purpose.)
  23. I didn’t realize G+ was still live. Haven’t looked in over a year.
  24. No, it has been a wasteland for years.
  25. No, I actually like the feel/format just never used it.
  26. Never used it really.
  27. I have an account but I barely use it.
  28. Still?
  29. I do not really use G+ anymore. I wanted it to work. Just never could get into it.
  30. No. I had high hopes that it would be the social platform I used to interact with my professional network, but here I am on Twitter.
  31. I might have looked at it two or three times after I signed up.
  32. Funny you should mention it. I checked it out again yesterday because I’m so bored with Twitter. I wish G+ would have taken off.

I think we can see where this is going.


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Ethan Banks

Most people know me because I write & podcast about IT on the Packet Pushers network. I also co-authored "Computer Networks Problems & Solutions" with Russ White.

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Most people know me because I write & podcast about IT on the Packet Pushers network. I also co-authored "Computer Networks Problems & Solutions" with Russ White.

Find out more on my about page.

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