Google is shutting down Google+ following massive data exposure

The three-legged horse of the social media world is finally shutting down - but not because it's a continually awful experience. Following a massive data breach first reported on by The Wall Street Journal, Google announced today that it is shutting down its social network Google+ for consumers. The company finally admitted that Google+ never received the broad adoption or engagement with users that it had hoped for -- according to a blog post, 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last for less than five seconds.

The company discovered a bug in one of Google+'s People APIs that allowed apps access to data from Google+ profiles that weren't marked as public. It included static data fields such as name, email, occupation, gender and age. 

In a rare moment of candidness a Google spokesdragon stated "...user engagement on the service was low".

Google+ will remain though as an Enterprise product where users don't get a choice of which platform to use.

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