What you need to know
- Google Plus is finally shutting down and being replaced with Currents.
- The service had migrated to be an enterprise exclusive one in 2019.
- Currents is rolling out from July 6.
After being shut down in 2018 and shunted into the enterprise, Google+ is finally shutting down for real next month (via The Verge) as Google replaces the service with a new Currents app (not to be confused with the other Google Currents).
"Currents is a G Suite app that enables people to have meaningful discussions and interactions across your organization, helping keep everyone in the know and giving leaders the opportunity to connect with their employees," the G Suite team said.
After a long beta testing period, it's now coming to vanquish Google+ one last time. For enterprise users who used the old service, Google will make the transfer as seamless as possible with all posts and data being migrated and all URLS being redirected to their equivalent Currents pages.
Google+ was shut down after it failed to catch on with consumers, but its failure was accelerated by a security vulnerability. Google said at the time:
Google+ is dead. Google Currents is alive, and what's old is new again. Currents will be made generally available to G Suite users from July 6.
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It's a shame that they gave up on being a true Facebook competitor. Even if it sucked, with Zuck's refusal to even attempt to impose standards and police fraud on his network, it'd be good to have any viable competitor to play off him...
I used to love Google+ because it had great communities on there. I hope Currents has something similar.
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