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Why These Social Networks Failed So Badly

Sixteen years ago, the sun set on Web 1.0, and we embarked by the light of our smartphones to 24/7 connectivity, down a road paved with corporate blunders, littered with yesterday’s top 8 friends, scrubbed n00ds, trashed chiptune tracks, bomb threats, and downy unicorn costumes. Comedic treasures were born and abandoned by parent companies; screaming crowds running through billowing tear gas from police vanished behind defunct video players. Devs dreamed of love, artists of postmodern interfaces, and unknowns of entertainment careers. Netizens injured themselves for stunts, by accident, and on purpose. We submitted to our overlord Mark Zuckerberg and the army of influencers. And so many rubber ducks wailed. Read More >>

Google+ Execution Date Bumped Up Thanks to Bug Affecting 52 Million Users

In October, Alphabet announced it would begin shuttering its failed social network, Google+, after internal investigations revealed bugs that could have leaked user info. The proposed 10-month sunsetting period has been cut down to a mere 90 days now that an additional API bug was discovered, affecting some 52.5 million users. Read More >>

Google+ Still Exists for Some Reason (And It’s Getting an Update)

A new version of Google+ is rolling out to users starting today, and just like every version before it, you probably won’t use it. Read More >>

Wait, Google+ Still Exists?!

For the second (or maybe third?) time this year, Google is overhauling its fledgling social network. Or whatever you want to call Google+. Me, I call it a zombie. This thing just won’t die. Read More >>

Gmail No Longer Forces New Users to Make a Google+ Account

Google's free email service is great—tonnes of people use it. Google+ isn't nearly as popular, even though new Gmail users have been forced to connect to a Google+ account for years. Now, Google's making that social service integration optional. Finally. Read More >>

Report: Google’s Cutting Back on Google+

Hot on the heels of yesterday's news that Google Plus mastermind Vic Gundotra is leaving the company, TechCrunch is now reporting that Google's changing its G+ strategy, moving most of the team over to Android and ending the era of Google Plus as a Facebook or Twitter competitor. Read More >>

The Best Reason to Join Google+ (or Else!)

Have you signed up for Google+ yet? Have you?! Or have you been cowering in the closet, whispering empty reassurances to yourself as it slowly but surely closes in. There's only one place this can all be headed: Enter Google Blackmail. Read More >>

“Realistic Google+ Simulator” is Full of Tumbleweed and…Enoch Powell?

The narcissists turn to Twitter, the stalkers to Facebook, the drug dealers to Instagram and the sex-crazed to Snapchat. Everyone else? They head over to Google+. All three of them, according to the on-the-nose "Realistic Google+ Simulator" from UsVsThem. Read More >>

The Nine Dumbest Theories About When Android KitKat’s Coming Out

Android 4.4 Kit Kat and the new Nexus 5 are just around the corner. We've got all the leaks in the world to prove it. But we don't know when, and so of course, people have been speculating. Like lunatics. Read More >>

Schmidt-Faced Profile Pic-Swap Protests Dig at Google’s “Endorsed Advert” Plans

The inevitable backlash against Google's user "endorsed" advertisements has begun, with those protesting the upcoming policy changes finding a hilarious way to get under the search giant's skin. Read More >>

Google+ Comments Coming to YouTube to Clean Google’s World of Shame

Google's finally doing something about the global embarrassment of comments beneath YouTube videos, in soon allowing Google+ to be used when interacting on the site. The shift will see Google allow private comment fields viewable only by G+ friends, plus new threading, filtering and sorting options to relegate spammers and idiots. [YouTube] Read More >>

Completely Redesigned Google+ Adds a Whopping 41 New Features

Google is overhauling Google+ with 41—yes, forty-one—new features. They're based around three areas of the Chrome experience: Stream, Hangouts, and Photos. The new design is rolling out today, and it looks beautiful enough to actually use. Read More >>

Google+ Hangouts in Gmail Means Nine-way Video Chats

Hangouts are one of the redeeming qualities of Google+, and they're about to be more widely available. Google announced that it's rolling out the video chats to Gmail. Read More >>