Google+, pronounced and sometimes written as Google Plus, is an Internet-based social network that is owned and operated by Google.
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.
Google plans to stop offering the consumer version of Google+ in April 2019. The company cited low user engagement and disclosed software design flaws that potentially allowed outside developers access to personal information of millions of users.