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Google+

An earlier social networking site from Google, introduced in 2011. In 2015, the chat, video calling and photos services in Google+ were separated out (see Google Hangouts and Google Photos).

Although Google+ never achieved Facebook's market share, users ranked it favorably. In 2018, Google announced the end of Google+ because of a data vulnerability discovered that year exposing the data of a half million users. However, it was not known if any data were actually breached. Google+ was replaced with Google Currents, but for G Suite users only and not for personal accounts (see Google Currents).

Circles
Friends and families were stored in Circles, which displayed as circular icons on screen. In order to better engineer privacy and who sees what, all posts, photos and invitations were shared by dragging them into the appropriate Circle, which remembered the last selection. Friends, Acquaintances, Family and Following (whom you follow) were the defaults, but any Circle could be created. See Google+ Ripples, Google+ Sparks and Google.
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All users' Google+ content will be deleted on April 2 (except for Google notes - content that must be kept for legal reasons), including photos and videos on Google+ and Google+ pages.
Google+ Community owner or moderator have an option to download and save data for your the community.
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Google has recently split its Google+ service in Photos and Streams.
"Today, we're starting to introduce a fully redesigned Google+ that puts Communities and Collections front and center," (https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/introducing-new-google.html) wrote Google last year.
Apparently, he had also worked on the already defunct Google Buzz before he landed on Google+.
"You can now filter your Google+ search results to only show photo posts.
To sum it up, Google wasn't able to get ad money from Reader and wanted users to share content on Google+. And thus, Reader go the boot.
This pops up a question: what will happen to Google+ and who will take it to the next level?