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Google+

A social networking site from Google, introduced in 2011. Although Google+ never achieved the market share of Facebook, users have ranked it favorably. In 2015, its chat, video calling and photos services were separated out (see Google Hangouts and Google Photos). In October 2018, Google announced it would shut down Google+ because of a data vulnerability discovered earlier that year, which exposed the data of a half million users. However, it was not known if any data were actually breached.

Circles
Friends and families are stored in Circles, which display as circular icons on screen. In order to better engineer privacy and who sees what, all posts, photos and invitations are shared by dragging them into the appropriate Circle, which remembers the last selection. Friends, Acquaintances, Family and Following (whom you follow) are the defaults, but any Circle can be created. See Google+ Ripples, Google+ Sparks and Google.
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The new photos app will be Google Photos and eventually be split from the Google + apk and will be synced with Drive similar to Google's office suite of apps.
The advent of Google Hangouts saw three other messaging services from Google (G Talk, G+ Messenger, a video chat mechanism integrated within Google +, also named Messenger) biting the dust.
So if you want to share a photo with your friends and to hide it from your parents or business partners you can easily do it with Google +.
"Testing Google +. So far, it has lots of promises...