Google on Monday announced it was shutting down its social media platform Google Plus. The tech giant said it was doing so due to “significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ product that meets consumers’ expectations”. However, the company also said that data of around 500,000 users on the platform may have been exposed to external developers by a software bug that was present for more than two years.
The company said in a blog on Monday it had discovered and patched the leak in March of this year and had no evidence that the user data had been misused or that any developer had exploited the vulnerability.
But what surprised many was that the Google Plus was still around. On Twitter, many joked at the platform had been on a ventilator and the company had just pulled the plug on it. Other social media platforms have been flooded with memes and jokes.
I’m gonna miss this place and all my 3.65 million followers!
— Justin Rios |14🍀| 🎄🎂🎄 (@o14hJRs) October 9, 2018
— Erik Reichenbach (@ErikReichenb4ch) October 8, 2018
Everyone on Google+ migrating to Twitterpic.twitter.com/hQKhng9Wgp
— Vanilla (@Vanilla__bby) October 8, 2018
Google has announced it will be shutting down social media site Google+ affecting absolutely nobody at all
— 💀James Douglass💀 (@jamdugg) October 8, 2018
The Google+ userbase in one picture pic.twitter.com/rA1IPY3nbt
— Nanami (@1stGradeShaman) October 8, 2018
All remaining Google+ users today: pic.twitter.com/rGti8omido
— ᴺᴼᵀ Jony Ive (@JonyIveParody) October 8, 2018
google+ is dead. The two people who used it are inconsolable.
— da_667 (@da_667) October 8, 2018
— Kareem Dasilva (@DasilvaKareem) October 9, 2018
Google+ shutting down – Shocking.
Google+ had 500,000 users – Even more shocking.
Google+ shutting down is trending on Twitter – Insanely shocking.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) October 8, 2018
Now that Google+ is going away, can someone reclaim the + operator for web search to require that term in the results?
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) October 9, 2018
Google has apparently announced they are shutting down #GooglePlus
Leading thousands to ask the important question “Google+ was still around?”
— Strain40-Boo (@Strain42) October 9, 2018
— Jonathan Pollinger – Social media man (@intranetfuture) October 8, 2018
— Darth Vader No1™ 🌐 (-o-) (@Darth_VaderNo1) October 8, 2018
The world would be a happier and better place if @realDonaldTrump announced his resignation on Google+
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) October 8, 2018
After 7 years, Bob is going to win the war and shut down Google+ for good. Bob won the war. pic.twitter.com/WOzZevZj6J
— slyshi (@slyshii) October 9, 2018
— Oshiri Studios (@OshiriStudios) October 8, 2018
I already miss Google+’s collection system
A year’s worth of spongebob screenshots, gone in a flash! pic.twitter.com/pHbStf5Lef
— MIGHTY [B] (@cactus_confused) October 9, 2018
Here’s everything you need to know about the data leak and what you can do if you want to delete your account.