Google Plus Has Announced It Will Be Shutting Down After 500,000 User Accounts Have Been Reportedly CompromisedGoogle Plus Has Announced It Will Be Shutting Down After 500,000 User Accounts Have Been Reportedly Compromised

Google has announced that it will be shutting down Google+, expecting to cease the service operating by November 2019. This announcement has come after a report that a API bug exposed a profile data leak of Google Plus users using a variety of different apps. Though, Google has said the issues have been resolved.

The choice to phase out Google Plus came after Google launched an analysis of third-party developer access at the beginning of the year. The result seemingly verified what the corporation already knew that developers & consumers are not that interested in the platform. The service supposedly has low usage and engagement, with the mainstream user sessions lasting no more than 5 seconds.


Web BrowsingGoogle has been cautioning people about the hazards of an unencrypted internet & unencrypted websites for ages. However Google is now taking more solid steps by announcing that all HTTP sites are “not secure” beginning in July 2018.

Google has recently declared that the Google Chrome browser will soon mark all HTTP websites as “not secure.” These websites don't have a icon of a green padlock or an “secure” message on the address bar.

In a resent blog post, Google Chrome Security Product Manager Emily Schecter confirmed that web users will begin to start seeing these changes when Chrome 68 rolls out.


Posted by Emily Schechter, Chrome Security Product Manager

For the past several years, we’ve moved toward a more secure web by strongly advocating that sites adopt HTTPS encryption. And within the last year, we’ve also helped users understand that HTTP sites are not secure by gradually marking a larger subset of HTTP pages as “not secure”. Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.



changing digital marketing trends 2017

Content is still king when it comes to digital marketing, however these five platforms are or still gaining market share & momentum in 2017 - Viral Videos, Live Videos, AR & VR, Apps for Data Visualization & Short Shelf Life Content

1. AR & VR Technology

The potential of augmented reality and virtual reality in business applications has never been more promising. After the gaming industry latched on to the new technology to enhance the user experience for gamers, developers have released apps that can help boost businesses. For instance, architects can make use of AR to give clients a virtual tour of what the finished product would be like. In digital marketing, businesses can exploit VR to help customers get a better picture of their vision more than any other type of messaging could.

2. Live Videos

Facebook Live and Snapchat Videos are just some of the platforms that can be exploited by digital marketers. Video content will dominate the scene in the next few years with Cisco predicting that 80% of consumer internet traffic by 2020 will be cornered by videos. Meanwhile, Facebook Live is growing 94% each year in the U.S. with eight billion views daily.

Facebook was embroiled in a scandal when its video platform was used to broadcast several violent attacks, which prompted founder Mark Zuckerberg to announce the hiring of 3,000 more people to police the platform of any offensive content.

3. Apps for Data Visualization

Applications like Data Hero, Tableau, Dygraphs, and have been helping digital marketers package big data for easy consumption not just for businesses but the consumers as well. This is not exactly a new trend. However, for this year, it's projected that businesses will make sure to exert more effort in using these tools to interpret the facts and figures at their disposal.

4. Viral Videos Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Last year, Samsung was the big winner after three of its video ads went viral. By December 2016, they already had almost 500 million views total. Viral marketing will continue to be an effective tool for brand recall. Google's new updates, particularly on placing more importance on the social status for ranking, will really benefit businesses that invest in quality content. The downside is the short lifespan of viral video marketing. The trick is when to increase engagement, boost traffic, and convert them into income before interest wanes.

5. Content With Short Shelf Life

Businesses might dismiss expiring content as an effective means to build on the brand. After all, Facebook Stories or Instagram Stories only stay for about 24 hours before they are no longer seen again. Of course, this concept was copied from Snapchat, which has a similar feature. Digital marketers are basically exploiting the “fear of missing out,” which is human nature. Nobody likes to be the odd man out when everybody is talking about the latest video or when they grab the latest product, which is the reason why Kylie lip products sell like hotcakes even if they don't really offer anything new.

Companies & businesses that do not see the impact of digital marketing to improve their online presence & revenue are going to get left behind by the competition.

A report from, claims that the U.S. digital ad spending will increase to $118 billion in 2020 from just below $60 billion in 2015. That's an increase of double over just five years and the amount ona global scale is projected to grow to over $250 billion by 2018.