Google+ is five years old today

Somehow, don’t ask me how, Google’s zombie of a social network experiment has shambled its way to the grand age of five years old. That’s right, Google+ was launched on June 28th, 2011, at a time when Google still thought it could head off the rising threat of Facebook and its irresistible urge to consume the entire internet. Like its predecessor Google Buzz, G+ failed to convince people to make it part of their everyday lives, even though it hooked into ubiquitous online services like Gmail, YouTube, and Google search.

At varying points, Google+ was pushed as Google’s premier photo-sharing platform, or its go-to video chat destination, or, most egregiously, a necessary portal for logging in to your YouTube account. All of those efforts…

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