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After Eight Years, Vic Gundotra Is Leaving Google

Vic Gundotra, the father of Google Plus, is leaving after serving nearly eight years at Google. He doesn't say where he's going next, or who will take his position once he's vacated the seat. Instead, he sends a long goodbye to Google, his Google Plus team and everyone else he's met on Google Plus.

"I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google," he writes. "I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. 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."

He says that he's also forever in debt to the Google Plus team. "This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many," he continues. "The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly."

Gundotra signed on with Google in 2007 after a 16-year stint at Microsoft as a general manager. At Google he initially worked on the company's mobile maps, including Google Maps. He was later tasked with developing Google's social efforts after the failures of Buzz and Orkut. He was also the mastermind behind the Google I/O events. This year will be the first year he does not attend.

Google boss Larry Page responded to the fairwell in a separate Google Plus update, thanking Gundotra for a "tremendous" almost eight years at Google.

"You cut your teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning our disparate efforts into something great," Page writes. "When I first used turn-by-turn navigation, it blew me away. And, walking onto the stage at I/O last year, it was amazing to see developers so excited about Google. These were vintage Vic projects."

"Then you built Google+ from nothing," Page adds. "There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all your hard work and passion."

So who will run Google Plus now? Google confirmed that it will be David Besbris, a Google vice-president of engineering. Sources claim that he got the job over the social network's current product manager, Bradley Horowitz.

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  • RCguitarist
    Congrats on creating a social network nobody uses.
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  • biohazrdfear
    Congrats on creating a social network nobody uses.

    Actually they have over 343 million users. So I would do some research before bashing something you don't use.
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  • balister
    Congrats on creating a social network nobody uses.

    Actually they have over 343 million users. So I would do some research before bashing something you don't use, prick.

    The only reason they have 343 million users is because if you get a gmail account, you get a google+ account. Also, most android phones require you to setup an account with google as well. So, just because they have 343 million signed up doesn't mean that all 343 use it (I have it, but I don't use it)
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  • thundervore
    Congrats on creating a social network nobody uses.

    Actually they have over 343 million users. So I would do some research before bashing something you don't use, prick.

    The only reason they have 343 million users is because if you get a gmail account, you get a google+ account. Also, most android phones require you to setup an account with google as well. So, just because they have 343 million signed up doesn't mean that all 343 use it (I have it, but I don't use it)

    They aslo force it upon you. Forcing users who have Youtube accounts to link it with the Googe+ account help bump up those numbers and its creapy. I called someone on my android phone who has a Google+ account, next thing i know i see their account in the recomended list to add to my circles.

    What makes it worse is that you cannot review an App on Google Play without a Google+ account. Found out he hard way after I deleted my Google+ account yesterday that all my Google Play reviews now say "Goggle User" and I cannot edit them or post new ones.

    You cannot post a review on Google Maps about a business without a Google+ account either

    So they indeed force it upon users when they intergraded it with their most used sites. In the end, I had to end up reactivating my Google+ account because I couldn't edit my reviews on business in Maps and Google Play or post new ones.
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  • sephirothmk
    Maybe now Google will stop shoving Google+ down our throats. I have Google+ but I don't want it, I was tricked/forced into signing up when i clicked something on my phone. Now I can't turn it off unless I also turn off my Gmail and Youtube accounts. And i don't want to turn them off.......
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  • pills161
    Congrats on creating a social network nobody uses.

    Actually they have over 343 million users. So I would do some research before bashing something you don't use.
    Before bashing others you may want to do your own research and know that the quoted number of registered users is a much different number than actual active users.
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  • Someone Somewhere
    I deleted the G+ account without getting rid of my whole GMail account...
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  • Steveymoo
    F*** you Vic. Good riddance. I've never known a product that's been so forcefully rammed down everyone's throats so hard before.
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  • thundervore
    Maybe now Google will stop shoving Google+ down our throats. I have Google+ but I don't want it, I was tricked/forced into signing up when i clicked something on my phone. Now I can't turn it off unless I also turn off my Gmail and Youtube accounts. And i don't want to turn them off.......

    Actually the only account it affects is your Youtube channel, not your Youtube account. If you delete your Google+ account it deletes your youtube channel, only your channel. You still have your subscriptions that you suscribed to but is anyone suscribed to you they will be deleted.

    Just to add, it also affects your Google Play reviews and your Google Maps/ Yelp reviews. You will no longer be able to post new ones or edit previous ones

    Your photos will remain because those are in Picasa,Your conacts will remain because those are in Gmail, etc.
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  • Pherule
    Google Plus needs to die in a fire. I've worked my butt off to keep my Google accounts free of "Plus"
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