Remember all those tech press stories declaring Google+ dead after the departure of Vic Gundotra?
This happened a week ago:
Many of you have asked for more data about how your social content is performing and who your audience is on Google+. So starting today, we’re offering all Google+ pages access to Insights reports. Insights provides key info that helps you tailor and optimize your Google+ content, including:
- Visibility: All time total, photo, and post views, and how page impressions have trended over time.
- Engagement: Which types of posts are getting the highest level of engagement on Google+.
- Audience: Get an overview of your follower demographics.
And then yesterday, Google+ premium happened:
Apps customers have long been able to host Hangouts with up to 15 people, but now the sessions will be available in HD-quality — together Google believes that will “save time and money”. Premium also enables more granular privacy controls, letting Google+ users set their posts as restricted to their domain (thus visible to colleagues and employers only) if they wish, or hide their profiles from public searches.
There’s a full break-down of what’s being offered on the Google Enterprise Blog.
These are not the moves of a company winding down a product.
Beware online journalists who report or repeat rumour and speculation as if it was fact…