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Just about two years ago the incumbent CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer, left Google where she was a long-time executive and key spokesperson. Last Thursday, 24th April another high profile personality, Vic Gundotra bowed out of the company.
Vic Gundotra was the company's vice-president for social media and has been the brain behind Google+ who built the site from nothing according to Larry Page. According to BBC, Google+ was launched in June 2011, and the latest figures released by the firm suggest it has 540 million users. Larry Page shared publicly on Google+ a short farewell speech to appreciate his effort and also wished him well in his future endeavor.
The exit of this Giant from Google has raised speculations from different sources, that the social media site he "built from nothing" may be toned down following his departure. However, CNET reports that a representative from Google has confirmed that the "...news has no impact on our Google+ strategy -- we have an incredibly talented team that will continue to build great user experiences across Google+, Hangouts and Photos."
There are a two indications that shows that the new development might not affect the growth of Google+. The first is the departure of Marissa Mayer in July 2012 who was Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services in her final years with Google. All these products are still functional up till date. The second is that Google has just implemented a strategy. This is the integration of SMS into Google+ Hangout. We shared this last Friday. So moving forward, it doesn't look like Google can run out of resources to grow it's social networking site.
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