Everything in its Right Place
People have been speculating about the future of Google+ for quite some time and rumors of its upcoming demise were spread all over the net. It turns out nothing could be farther from the truth. In an article published on the Official Google Blog yesterday, the Big G silenced the doubters once and for all and confirmed Google+ is here to stay.
What the Future Holds for Google+
Google begins by admitting they may have made a few mistakes along the way, but rather than scrapping their social network they have had a “rethink” and plan on implementing some changes over the coming months.
For starters, Google plans to introduce new features that make it easier for users to share and enjoy posts that have been organized by the topics that interest them the most. However, some existing features will be removed. Google+ Photos has been relocated to the new Google Photos app, and location sharing will be moved to Hangouts and other apps deemed to be a more suitable fit.
How This Affects Other Google Products
Acting on feedback received from users, Google also plans to dissolve the connection between G+ profiles and their other products. So a Google Account will be the only thing required to communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel, etc.
YouTube will be one of the first products to ring in the changes. Not surprising, they issued their own announcement to coincide with Google’s blog post. So as far as the commenting process goes, it’s a parting of the ways for Google and YouTube.
Google Plus and YouTube Course Updates
Many of my students have been asking when I will be updating my Google Plus Essentials and YouTube Essentials courses. Well, I finally feel like I can offer an answer now that we actually know where they are headed: SOON!
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Author: Steve Calvert
Steve Calvert is a freelance writer based in the Netherlands. He has expertise in several niches, including health and fitness and internet marketing, and also has a good knowledge of SEO.