Google reminds world of Google+ by kill-switching it.


According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Google discovered a “software glitch” earlier this year that allowed third-party developers access to some 500,000 private profile data since 2015, including “full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status.”


In a blog post about its Project Strobe initiative, which is a “root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data,” Google announced that it will be shutting down Google+ for consumers between now and August due to “significant challenges” to maintaining a social network.

I kind of have — had, I guess — a Google+ presence, but I never really used it for anything.  I also have no idea whether I’m affected by any of this, which is actually kind of worrying on a couple of different levels.  There are days when I think that the Internet needs a good power wash; not for content (although, God, some of the stuff that festers in places), but for cleaning out all the failed initiatives and half-built projects and never-quite-gelled systems that have accumulated over the years.  Not that I have any idea how we’d do that, of course.


  • 1_rick says:

    The article says no data was ever stolen, as far as they know.

    Don’t you find it interesting that they suppressed reporting the incident because it would look bad for them?

  • acat says:

    Curiously, the ads I get for this post include Robotech Volume 3 and Vr Real Dancing Girl .. which appear to qualify as “festering”.
    Moving on. I don’t think I ever tried Google+, but am not surprised to see Google pulling it .. they caught lightning in a jar with gmail, but missed with Orkut and Google+ .. Zuckerberg won that round.
    I *suggest* Google may have realized that they’re better off letting someone else (anyone else, even MySpace) take on the risky bits..
    p.s. Simple proposal – any web site still featuring the dancing baby or that proclaims itself as part of a webring needs to be moved to the Wayback machine …
    p.p.s. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/spring-cleaning/

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