Google+ was terrible though because you can't change your name on Youtube. And besides, there exists snapchat, Skype, etc now so it's not likee it was ever needed in the first place. Also, privacy issues. If you're signed into that junk while surfing the web it will track you and that is terrible.
>Google+ was terrible though because you can't change your name on Youtube.
Yes you can? What is 'brand account?'
>And besides, there exists snapchat, Skype, so it's not like it was ever needed
This is like the single most retarded sentence I've heard this week. Like, by far. "Oh, there exists messages written with ink that erases itself 10 seconds after you open the message and can only be sent with carrier pigeons. You can also use two cups connected via string to talk to your neighbour. It's not like there's any need for noticeboard/archive."
>Also, privacy issues.
lol tell me more
>If you're signed into that junk while surfing the web it will track you and that is terrible.
Here's a free tip for you: maybe you shouldn't talk about things that you know nothing about, because that's — at best — a complete and utter non-understanding of how things work and how tracking works.
Huh. Honestly didn't even know it was still a thing, but I definitely remember it being a pretty bad flop when it first launched. This is the first thing I've read about it since it was ever launched and it seems the quality only got worse as time went on, haha.
So while I can't necessarily say I'll miss it, and the reasons you listed sound like a hell of a good reason to close things down, sorry to hear that you're going to be losing a niche of your life.
G+ was a great potential platform in it's early days, but very quickly it was destroyed my google itself through UI updates and shits in its function. Honestly I say good riddance. After the first 2 years it became sketchy, and after that when they pushed the Youtube/G+ integration that was the final nail in the coffin. I do find it sad, since there was so much potential with the platform, but it was Google's fault for trying to make it more like everything else, rather than it's own unique platform.
Eh, I beg to differ with regards to the UI. Multi-column layout was great when introduced (especially when you're on monitors with non-shit aspect ratios, such as 21:9). Other than that I hardly recall when UI update would make things significantly worse. The 'big ticket item' that was the 'Collections' functionality was also only added on years down the line.
G+ is the closest thing there is to the classical boards and forums that were common nearly 20 years ago. It's really a shame they pull the plug. I mean, it's not that they could have fully integrated G+ into youtube at some point, keeping all of the features G+ has. But yeah, that would require effort and expensive human resources to pull off...
Tabletop groups seem to be mostly moving to MeWe right now. Judging by how MeWe has some fancy features, it's very likely that even if google reconsiders, nobody will come back.
As for MeWe — it's a nice social network, and it supports most of markdown spec (!), but at the end of the day it's closer to facebook than it is to G+. I don't like the lack of collections, and I don't like the fact that the only way to follow people is to send them a glorified friend request (as opposed to deviantART, twatter, G+ approach where you can just hit 'watch' or 'follow')