Why Google Plus isn’t dead — well, yet

Google Plus, Google’s much-chided version of Facebook, celebrated its first birthday last week.

That probably means one of two things to you.

If you’re a tech geek: “That site’s still around?”

Or if not: “What the heck is Google Plus?”

Both of those reactions, however, may be missing the point.

Here’s a look at a few — and unexpected — reasons Google Plus is clinging to relevance in the Facebook era. (Disclosure: If you’d like to see where this post began, check out a conversation on my Google Plus page. I’m still a sometimes-active user of the site).

‘Social glue’ for the rest of Google

Google last week released a few updates to its social network — including an Events feature and new methods of live photo sharing with small groups. Perhaps more importantly, it underscored the idea that the company doesn’t see Google Plus as a social network at all… Read more



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