Google+ has officially bid its last farewell after being finally killed off.
The doomed social media network has been in limbo since Google announced its closure last year, but has now officially been re-branded as the company launches an entirely new service.
From today, Google+ is known as Google Currents (opens in new tab), which is available to download now on both iOS and Android.
- Best video conferencing software in 2020
- Google Hangouts officially rebrands as Google Chat
- Google 'profile cards' will let you control what people see when they search for you
Currents appears to keep the "tags" and "streams" theme of Google+, with users able to keep up to date with project work, emails, messages and alerts, as well as share text, links, images and other content from Google Drive.
Google says the service allows better collaboration and debate without flooding your inbox, as well as keeping tabs on the content that really matters to you. All existing plus.google.com URLs will be redirected to currents.google.com equivalents, meaning previous files and profile information should remain present.
Google+ closed in April 2019 following a serious data breach the previous year which saw the personal information of 500,000 users was exposed. Google had kept the service running for businesses that relied on it to communicate with their employees, but these customers will now be migrated over to Currents.
Google+ launched in 2011 as a way for the company to compete against the likes of Facebook and Twitter in the booming social media landscape. The platform was initially invite-only before being opened up to the public later that year.
Google's social network had many of the same features as its rivals including the ability to post photos and status updates on individual feeds. However, users failed to embrace its “Circles” concept as well as its “Plus One” button.
- Best online collaboration software of 2020: paid and free tools for work sharing and communication
Via 9to5Google (opens in new tab)