To Sweeney, and many thousands of others, the social network often said to be dead has become like a kind of small-town mall, that “only has a movie theater, a TJ Maxx, couple of shoe stores, and a Cinnabon left open,” Sweeney wrote in a public post. A little clunky, a little forlorn—but home.
With the clock ticking, Google+ users are warily eyeing their alternatives. A “Google+ Mass Migration” group has already sprung up (on Google+, of course) for “community leaders” to decide “where we go.” The options so far are suitably niche: the privacy-oriented social network MeWe; the decentralized, open-source network Mastodon; and Pluspora, which describes itself as an “online social world where you are in control.” Facebook is absolutely off the table.
A few thousand people are bidding a reluctant farewell to their favorite social network.