Google Spaces Date of Death: April 17, 2017.

Google Spaces

Well, that didn’t last very long!  Nine months after coming into the world, Google Spaces is going to meet its digital maker in April 17th of this year.  I posted last week about an update to Google+ which had Spaces removed from the menu and suggested that it could mean the end is near for the social sharing service.  That has now been confirmed – but I’m not sure if anyone is going to be too upset.  Spaces will become just another carcass on the pile of failed projects (not just by Google mind you) that never was fully explained, fully supported or fully accepted.

For those of you who are using Spaces, they will become read-only this Friday, March 3rd.  At that point you will not be able to add any content to your Spaces.  What is an alternative?  Ironically, Google+.

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Google+ Quietly Removes Menu Link to Google Spaces

Google+ With Link to Spaces Removed

In the latest update to the Google+ app for Android, Google has quietly removed the menu link to Google Spaces.  It could be the first indicator that the carcass of yet another social networking attempt by Google is about to be thrown on the pile.  And frankly, it wouldn’t be all that shocking.  The change can be found in the 9.6.0 build of Google+ for Android and if you open up the menu using the hamburger menu or a swipe from the left side of your screen, you’ll see that there is no link to Spaces.

The idea behind Spaces was never fully articulated.  It was somewhat like Circles in the original Google+ but it was also aimed to allow you to create a “space”, invite friends so that you could discuss the space’s defined topic.  You could also share videos, images, texts and other media.  In theory, a pretty cool idea but Spaces never really took off.

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