Google+ leader Vic Gundotra departs company

The man behind the Google+ social network, Vic Gundotra, has announced he is departing the company after eight years. He made the announcement, naturally, on his Google+ page earlier today.

His statement didn't offer any specific reasons behind his decisions to leave Google, but it would seem like Gundotra is departing on good terms. He praised his teammates at Google and CEO Larry Page in particular, stating, " From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support."

Gundotra came to Google after previously working at Microsoft from 1991 to 2006. While at Microsoft, Gundotra moved up the ranks and later became General Manager of Platform Evangelism, helping to promote the use of Microsoft's APIs to software developers.

Gundotra's biggest legacy at Google will likely be leading the team that developed and released Google+ in 2011. The social network was thought at first to be a major competitor to Facebook and Twitter but since its launch its user numbers have not come close to those of its rivals; Gundotra didn't state where he will be working after he leaves Google. Dave Besbris, the vice president of engineering on the Google+ team, will take over Gundotra's responsibilities.

Source: Google+ | Image via Vic Gundotra

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Maybe they can stop forcing people to use G+ to comment on Youtube videos. But then again, if they didn't force it, Google+ would only have like 350 users worldwide.

xankazo said,
Maybe they can stop forcing people to use G+ to comment on Youtube videos. But then again, if they didn't force it, Google+ would only have like 350 users worldwide.

Because we have to protect the rich, high-quality YouTube comment culture.

I hate Google+. But this guy seemed to know his stuff =). Google+ as a service is fine. I like the layout better than Fbook. But the forced integration with everything makes Google+ my least favorite Google product by a long shot. I wish they kept this guy and Google+ was leaving ;).

Scabrat said,
I hate Google+. But this guy seemed to know his stuff =). Google+ as a service is fine. I like the layout better than Fbook. But the forced integration with everything makes Google+ my least favorite Google product by a long shot. I wish they kept this guy and Google+ was leaving ;).

I think people make a poor mistake of looking at G+ from the wrong direction. They accuse Google of integrating "Google+ into ____", when it's far and away better to think of it as Google integrating "___ into Google+" as a central hub for your Google account/services. It's a landing page to access and view feeds from the various Google applications you take advantage of.

In that regard, it's a great thing and makes a lot of sense.

Joshie said,

I think people make a poor mistake of looking at G+ from the wrong direction. They accuse Google of integrating "Google+ into ____", when it's far and away better to think of it as Google integrating "___ into Google+" as a central hub for your Google account/services. It's a landing page to access and view feeds from the various Google applications you take advantage of.

In that regard, it's a great thing and makes a lot of sense.

It makes sense... Except for the fact that you have to go to Google+ to view the updates and you cant get to your other products directly form Google+. Oh, and the fact that every week I get asked to make a Google+ account when I log into YouTube even though I have 3 youtube accounts already!

So, it makes sense but in practice, for me, its a nightmare and a pain. And, because of Google+ (an a few other things Google is doing) I am looking for other options on where I get my streaming content from =).

Not a big fan of what Google did to YouTube with G+, but also unfortunate that he has now left the company. Seemed like a nice guy and good employee.

Scabrat said,

It makes sense... Except for the fact that you have to go to Google+ to view the updates and you cant get to your other products directly form Google+. Oh, and the fact that every week I get asked to make a Google+ account when I log into YouTube even though I have 3 youtube accounts already!

So, it makes sense but in practice, for me, its a nightmare and a pain. And, because of Google+ (an a few other things Google is doing) I am looking for other options on where I get my streaming content from =).


Oh my god, THIS. I have the same issue, despite deleting some accounts, I get randomly thrown to the wrong account on occasion and have to specify the one I really want to use primarily, and half the time, I'm asked to re- sign-in just to upvote a comment.

I don't understand from a business nor consumer standpoint what the benefits or goal here was, other than to drive me away from wanting to use YouTube...

Scabrat said,
I hate Google+.

As do many other people.

Unfortunately guys like this regard themselves as "progressive" and tell anyone who will listen, that if you aren't changing, you aren't moving forward. Quite often they don't hang around to finish what they started, often they have no idea HOW to finish it.

A flawed philosophy unfortunately. Their end-game is "change for change's sake", doesn't matter if its good or bad, as long as they keep changing everything.

Edited by dvb2000, Apr 25 2014, 2:50am :