Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock–or at least very isolated from social media–for the past few days you’ll have no doubt heard the news that apparently Google+ is officially circling the drain.
I woke up this morning to a flood of stories like this one
It would appear that–due to a security issues discovered by Google and lack of use–they’ve decided to shut down their social network over the course of the next 10 months, with it being gone by August 2019. Personally I think this is a great shame, whilst Google+ has never scaled the dizzying heights of public visibility that social media giant Facebook has, there were a few things it did that I really liked:
- There were some great communities chock-full of great links to RPG material and interesting discussion.
- It was blissfully free of the flame-wars and rampaging arguments that seem to rage across Facebook like seasonal storms.
- Originally it served as a handy gateway to Google Hangouts, before Hangouts was largely neutered, lost most of it’s apps and just became is shit(er) version of Skype.
So what do we do now?
Well one of the budding new social media sites that seems to be cleaning up at the minute is MeWe, numerous RPG-based community groups have sprung up over there in the hours since the future departure of Google+ was announced, many migrating from Google. The social network seems to have a fairly similar interface to Facebook and will certainly be easy to grasp for those used to the social-media giant.
I think it’s too early yet to say whether or not MeWe is going to emerge as a spiritual successor to Google+, there are people trumpeting other networks and even hearkening back to the days when forums were the thing for hobby-based interactions on the internet.
Whether or not Google+ does finally die though, it’s good to see we have options; in the meantime I’ve created a Google+ account for myself in order to interact with those communities moving over there, you can find me at:Google Hangouts, google+, MeWe