WASHINGTON (SBG) – Google has announced it is shutting down its Google+ product for consumers.
The company stated that as a result of consumers wanting to control their data, the reviewed all the APIs associated with Google+.
"This review crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps," Google said in a statement. Google also said the product suffered from low user engagement, approximately 90 percent of users spent less than five seconds a session in Google+.
The review showed "Google+ APIs, and the associated controls for consumers, are challenging to develop and maintain."The program will allow users to have a "wind-down" period of 10 months before Google+ complete shutdown to consumers in Aug. 2019.
"Over the coming months, we will provide consumers with additional information, including ways they can download and migrate their data," Google stated.