Google+, sometimes written as Google Plus or simply G+, is an Internet-based social network owned and operated by Google. The network launched in June 2011 in an attempt to challenge other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and it is designed to link Google's products like YouTube.
The service, Google's fourth foray into social networking, experienced strong growth in its initial years, although usage statistics have varied, depending on how the service is defined. Three Google executives have overseen the service, which has undergone substantial changes leading to a redesign in November 2015.
On April 2, 2019, Google+ will be shut down for consumers. The company cited low user engagement and disclosed software design flaws that potentially allowed outside developers access to personal information of millions of users. The Google+ developer API was collectively shut down on March 7, 2019.