Company Google is dismantling Google Plus into two parts
Google has spent the last several months chopping up Google Plus’s most useful pieces and making them separate services as it moves away from making Google Plus the central hub for all Google-related activity.
On Monday, the company announced its most drastic step for breaking up Google Plus. Google has announced more sweeping changes for Google Plus over the next few months as it restructures network into two distinctly separate products: streams and photos.
Google now says that in the coming months, you’ll only need to create a Google account to do things such as creating a YouTube channel, communicating with contacts and other key functionalities.
Meanwhile, the social network’s location sharing ability will be moved over to Hangouts and other unspecified apps, "where it really belongs." "We think changes like these will lead to a more focused, more useful, more engaging Google Plus," Horowitz wrote.
Forcing Google users to sign up for a Google Plus account in order to the use some of the company’s other products and services was a clear bid to generate interest in its social network, but it backfired with many users.
Google Plus claimed 300 million monthly active users in late 2013, although Stone Temple Consulting, a third-party digital marketing agency, pegged that figure at a far lower 111 million this past April.