Goodbye, Google+: A eulogy for the last great social network

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Imagine a social network where geeks have higher follower counts than celebrities. Where there’s no advertising. Where trolls get crushed and ordinary people have a voice. Where smart people gather for long, detailed and interesting conversations. Where most streams aren’t algorithmically filtered. Where photographs appear at full quality. Where social networking engagement leads to actual, real-life friendships.

Imagine a social network that strikes fear into Facebook, and forces them to improve the site for their users.

It’s all hard to imagine. But for about three years, this was Google+.

Google+ is dead. But the best version of the site died in 2014. We should all mourn its loss.

Here’s my eulogy.