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This article was published on October 7, 2014


Google+ is here to stay, says its new chief

Google+ is here to stay, says its new chief


Paul Sawers
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Rumors of Google+’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. That is, at least, according to Google+ chief Dave Besbris in an interview with Re/Code. He says:

“We’re actually very happy with the progress of Google+, [CEO Larry Page] said this at the time that Vic [Gundotra] transitioned that he’s going to continue working on building this stuff, that he’s very happy with it. The company is behind it. I have no idea where these rumors come from to be honest with you.”

Certainly, if recent acquisitions are anything to go by, it seems that Google is perhaps just refocusing its efforts in the social realm. And by dropping real-name requirements, that can surely only help.

Elsewhere in the interview, Besbris discusses whether the internet giant has been a little over-zealous in its pushing of Google+.

New Google+ Head David Besbris: We’re Here for the Long Haul (Q&A) [Re/Code]