Google kicks Google+ off its homepage

Nothing says you’ve fallen out of favor quite like being banished from the most exclusive and uncluttered piece of real estate on the Internet: the Google search homepage.

It’s been known for some time that Google is at the very least deemphasizing Google+, but perhaps nothing the company has said to date more emphatically confirms this than the recent disappearance of a direct link from Google’s homepage to its long-struggling social media platform, a platform Google originally touted as central to its future. Here’s what I see on Google’s homepage this morning:

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There had been a link to Google+ where I’ve placed the circle below:

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Network World Paul McNamara