Google+ was shut down yesterday, according to a news published by BBC, after 7 painful years of trying to establish this product as a true social network. Started in 2011, as an alternative to Facebook, G+ never really took off, despite having one of the top 5 worldwide companies as a founder.
I remember the jokes that were floating around back then, with people dubbing G+ "the sound of silence", because nobody was really there.
But what's even more hilarious, is that the actual reason for shutting the service down was a data breach. Hackers got access to some 500,000 users data (or data which was believed to be private by those users). And it didn't happen yesterday, it happened in March this year, but the company decided "not to fuss" about it.
According to the same news from BBC:
In a statement, the firm said the issue was not serious enough to inform the public.
"Our Privacy and Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response.
"None of these thresholds were met here."
My personal take is those 500,000 accounts were dormant for many years, their passwords, or whatever private info they hold, have been changed many times since their last G+ login, so, technically, this wasn't even a data breach, since there was no prejudiced user.
I don't know about you, but I find this extremely hilarious.
I try to imagine the disappointment of those hackers when they saw they got pretty much nothing from their efforts.
Like, you know, not even a tiny-tiny media mention.
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