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"We are shutting down Google+ for consumers"

"90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds"

blog.google/technology/safety-

@fribbledom those five seconds are comprised of someone accidentally logging into Google+, cursing, then immediately logging off.

@somarasu @fribbledom the only thing I liked about G+ was the ability to easily share to a subset of followers. I know masto has "post to list visibility" on it's feature request list, and I really wish I knew enough about rails to implement it, cuz I think it would be useful

@fribbledom oh wow, you've just reminded me I have a Google+ account

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How do they even call that a "session" at that point? xD

@fribbledom I mean to be fair most of the time when I get on Mastodon I stay on for just long enough to say something completely random and boost some random toot

@InTheLandOfTheRisingSun

That one clearly took you more than 5 seconds to type out 😆

@fribbledom good point, but you're strongly assuming that neither of us is close to the event horizon of a black hole, which may have an effect on the passage of time

@InTheLandOfTheRisingSun Yeah, I always keep forgetting that... especially when doing my budget estimates 😂

@fribbledom

* We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any Profile data was misused.

two bullets earlier:
* We made Google+ with privacy in mind and therefore keep this API’s log data for only two weeks. That means we cannot confirm which users were impacted by this bug.

they found no evidence bc they were not keeping an adequate audit log -- a cybersecurity rookie mistake. they did not build this with privacy in mind.

@fribbledom they are choosing to reveal now because of wsj.com/articles/google-expose

they've known about the bug for awhile. it existed, apparently undetected, for ~3 years. a major failure on their part that they are attempting to downplay, in my view.

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@fribbledom it's almost as if buying out other websites and then repeatedly, aggressively trying to coerce their entire userbases into joining a facebook clone with a Real Name requirement will cause long-lasting negative prejudices 🤔

@fribbledom I'm only ever reminded of Google+ whenever I enter a beta test for an app on Google Play and they link me to their Google+ page for bug reports or whatever.

I have no idea why that standard exists, but it does. And I hate it. Google+ is and always will be a failure. There's plenty of good sites that can host that stuff.

@fribbledom maybe G👀gle should go back to supporting an open ecosystem and standards like #XMPP...

Maybe put "Don't be evil" back into their company vision 😠

@fribbledom And no fines or penalties will occur. Business as usual.

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@fribbledom I read that and thought "no way, there's no way people are bouncing that quickly." So I went to my google plus homepage and...yeah, there wasn't even five seconds' worth of content.

@fribbledom HA! 90% of the sessions are less than 5 seconds. Wow. That's telling.

@fribbledom And thus, myself, and many others have been finding refuge here on Mastodon. :)

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