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Chrome OS 74: Google Chrome OS 74 promises bug fixes, improved hardware support - Economic Times

Goodbye, Google+

3 Apr, 2019

Google, on Wednesday, bid farewell to its social network Google+. Announced in 2011, it failed to make an impact and couldn't take on Facebook and Twitter. Google+ was Google's fourth foray in social networks after Google Buzz, Google Friend Connect and Orkut. It replaced Google Buzz in 2011 to take on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Tumblr.However, its user-engagement was not enough to keep the platform going, and rather it became a security liability for the tech giant. Google disclosed two data leak episodes that could have exposed its users' information to hackers. The second instance prompted Google to accelerate the process of shutting down the network, which was previously scheduled to go offline in August.However, Google+ isn't the only platform to come to an end. Here's a round-up of other social media platforms that could not survive for long.

Orkut

3 Apr, 2019

In 2004, Google's social networking website Orkut helped users meet new and old friends and maintain existing relationships. Launched only two weeks before Facebook, Orkut gained immense popularity in its initial years. However, the good times didn't last long and with the rise in number of fake accounts, duplicate profiles, and hate groups, Orkut lost its user base. Another important cause of its demise was the strong competition from Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook. In 2014, Google announced that it would shut down Orkut.

Google Friend Connect

3 Apr, 2019

Google Friend Connect, a free social networking platform, was launched in 2008. Continuing the battle for being the ruling social media network, Friend Connect allowed users to build profiles, share information through texts, pictures and videos, via third-party sites.The currently suspended app was removed for all non-blogger platforms in 2012, and for all non-blogging sites in 2016.

Google Buzz

3 Apr, 2019

In February 2010, Google introduced Buzz, a social networking and micro-blogging platform. Deemed one of most high-profile missteps by the tech giant, Buzz allowed users to share photos, videos, statuses and comments in the form of conversations visible in users' inbox. However it wasn't a long run for the platform that was discontinued in 2015, two years after being involved in a privacy controversy.

Google Allo

3 Apr, 2019

In 2016, Google Allo, an instant messaging app for Android and iOS was announced. Using phone numbers as identifiers, the app allowed users to exchange messages, voice notes, files and images. It also included a virtual assistant that generated automatic reply suggestions. Initially, the app gained popularity because of its AI-powered features. However, in 2017, a bug in the assistant caused the voice assistant to share conversation results from a user's search. Later in 2018, Google announced that it would end support for Allo this year.