Google+ Bites the Bullet and Other Sad Tales

Not an April Fool’s post by Joe Farace

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is!Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Act 5 Scene 1

Tomorrow, Google’s failed experiment in social media—Google+—shuts down. In a recent press release Google  stated: “In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.”

This was reported by all the usual suspects tech sites/blogs and, as is typical, they simply regurgitated Google’s press release without adding any insight or suggestions for people like myself who are/were happily using Google’s social media site.

The funny thing is that I used Google+ every day, so was doing my part and it seemed that so were many other photographers who were posting images as well as following my exploits on this site.

So what’s a poor hippo to do? Am I going back to Facebook? Hell, no. It’s no secret that I have a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with social media and as I’ve mentioned here recently I have backed away from Facebook-owned Instagram in recent months too. A few months ago that same tech press reported that Facebook is planning to combine Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram messaging into a single, unified platform and based on a recent announcement by Mr. Zuckerberg this is happening sooner than later. Count me out.

Right now I am not planning on making any additions to my social media activity but plan to stay active on Twitter and Pinterest. If any readers have any suggestions about other social media sites that I might find interesting and useful, please click on the Contact tab and tell me about it.

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