Google Plus Photos is Shutting Down, Is Google Plus Next?

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Many of us saw this coming, but now it’s official — Google Plus Photos is shutting down and it’s days are numbered. According to an official Google Plus post (which was an ironic way to announce it), Google confirmed that the struggling photo sharing service that was a part of Google’s dying social media platform will cease in August.

What’s Happening, Exactly?

Believe it or not, this is actually a good thing. For users, that is, not necessarily for Google, which has repeatedly denied that Google Plus is in trouble.

Google Plus Photos, the photo sharing service that is currently tied to Google Plus, will no longer be available to users as of August 1.

The Android version of Google Plus Photos will be the first to become another ghost in the Google Graveyard forever, followed soon after by the iOS and Web apps. Instead, users will be able to use the much better Google Photos service to host their images in the Google cloud.

Essentially, Google is scrapping one image hosting service for another. It doesn’t help that the two services’ names are identical with the exception of the “+” symbol.

Why Is Google Doing This?

The easy answer is that Google Plus is in serious trouble, and has been for some time. Obviously Google isn’t keen on releasing hard numbers about the size of the Google Plus user base, but it’s painfully obvious that Google Plus has been dying a slow, agonizing death for over a year at this point. Seriously, someone should take it around the back of the woodshed and put it out of its misery already.

The “official” answer is that Google Photos — the newer service — is actually far superior to Google Plus Photos. It has a much nicer, more intuitive interface, powerful search functionality, and really cool automated location tagging features that work even if your photos don’t have geolocation data.

Overall, it’s a far better, standalone service that isn’t tied to an unpopular social network that’s withering on the vine.

There are a couple of features that some users might miss from Google Plus Photos, such as the ability to push images from Google Plus Photos to their Chromecast devices, but in time, this functionality will almost certainly make its way to Google Photos.

Didn’t You Say This Was Coming All Along, Larry?

Yep. I really don’t like saying “I told you so,” but this move has been a long time coming. Google Plus has struggled to attract users even more than Twitter, and aside from some really niche interest groups (and marketers), not enough people use it in comparison to all the other social networks out there to make it worthwhile to dedicate time and energy there.

Personally, I think this is a good move for users. Google Photos is a great service, and one that a lot of people already really enjoy using!

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  1. Google+ was always a “me too” effort where Google was getting into the game far too late and hoping to leverage their sheer size to muscle in on Facebook. Not a recipe for success, so this isn’t surprising.

  2. Is Google+ photos the same as Picasa?

  3. Google + was never really the first choice of users mostly because of the lack of unique feature.
    I think it’s a smart choice to shut it down. Google Photos might have better success as it has one particular feature.

  4. I like Google+ as Social Network. I always find there much more interesting information than in other Social media, which are more popular. So I don’t think it’s going to shut down, but we’ll see.

  5. Doesn’t Google+ have more users than Instagram?

  6. I think it will be come a local only product, they seem to be pushing hard on the Google My Business pages. I think it could well vanish, interesting article btw.

  7. It would be a shame to see Google+ go the way of Google Wave. It’s been an excellent walled social network for my friends and family – offering a lot more control on the privacy front than Facebook or others. Granted it obviously isn’t competitive. That said, I don’t think that Google+ is on the way out, Google just revamped it which I take as a sign that they intend to keep it but drastically change it’s form and function. In a few years Google+ will likely still be around but it might be barely recognizable.