Bookmarked RIP, Google+: long ailing and finished off by a security bug (Boing Boing)
By the time Google+ rolled out, there was already nascent discontent with Facebook. Google+ offered all the downsides of Facebook, but with fewer of the people you wanted to connect with.
Cory Doctorow reports on Google+’s demise, with the discovery of a bug associated with the API being its final flaw. He highlights the implementation of ‘real names’ and the push to integrate it within every product as two failures. I like how Dave Winer put it:

Products, to be any good, must be motivated, have a creative purpose.

Some would say that it was crushed from the beginning.

Last year, I spent a month wholely in Google Plus. My reflections can be found here.