It’s not certain that Google+ is dead for good. As a reminder, it was revived as Google Currents, designed strictly for paying G Suite customers. Now, Google Workspaces has announced that it has killed that app as well, marking the final end of Google’s social network or whatever G+ was, Ars Technica reported.
Google said the introduction of the Spaces group chat app last year negated the need for Currents, so it plans to kill it off from 2023. Before then, however, it will add new features to Spaces to accommodate some of Currents. social features.
“These include support for larger communities and executive communication, investments in advanced search, content moderation tools, and more,” Google said.
As was the case with Google+, the use and purpose of Currents was probably unclear to many users. This problem also extends to spaces, unfortunately. As Google described last year, Spaces is an evolution of Rooms but is part of Google Chat which is designed for group messaging, much like Slack.
What’s also funny is that Google recycled the names Spaces and Currents: Currents was a news-style app that existed until 2013, and Google Spaces was a messaging app that we saw for a short time in 2016.
So you could say that Google+ has effectively been killed twice, and Currents has also been buried twice. Now let’s hope we never hear those names again.