You'll Finally Be Able to Get Rid of Your Google+ Account
By Eric Limer
Google is finally, quietly, letting go of its failed social network.
You probably have a Google Plus account floating around in the ether. An outdated page with your face on it that you've only looked at once or twice. You probably only have one because some more important Google service required it. Well, those days are over and soon you'll be able to leave it behind forever.
In a blog post today, Google announced that over the coming months Google Plus will be decoupled from every other Google service that requires it. That means the only reason you'd need a Google Plus account is to actually use Google Plus.
Since the service's launch in 2011, Google has tried various ways of forcing it down users throats. Initially, Google Plus was the exclusive home of all manner of actually useful things, like Google Plus Photos, the precursor to Google's improved (and Google Plus-free) Google Photos . But as Google Plus has continued to fail, Google has slowly removed it from most other services. The last bastion has been YouTube, which began forcing its users to have Google Plus accounts in November of 2013, to much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Now the end is in sight.
As Google Plus slowly dies, your plain old Google Account will pick up some of the responsibilities your Google Plus account still had left, the main difference being that a Google Account is not searchable and does not have a public page; it's basically just your email address.
Google Plus will continue to exist for now, and you'll still be able to use it if you want to. But for all of us who have no use, we'll be able to abandon it entirely. YouTube will end its Google Plus requirements first, with any remaining services to follow as Google Plus goes gentle into that good night.
Source: Google Blog