“”So they could compete against Facebook? How’s that working out for them? “” They are doing pretty well, fastest to achieve a 100 million users, now achieving a growth rate equal to Facebook when it was growing at it fastest pace. It the fastest growing social network ever. An there several APIs for Google + and some of it parts, Hangouts for example. Google may have lost a social network, but it gained a social network monster that is growing rapidly. Even the doubters are starting to see what Google has built, if it was a independent company it probably be worth close to a billion dollars by now.