Along with the new Google Logo design, all their services received an update. Including the Google +1 buttons
That reminded me that I'm maintaining the Drupal Google Plus button module still.
Although it has more than 5000 installations, the module hasn't got any new issues for a year!. And the rate of installations of the module have been going down. Why?
Google+ never has been popular, and it's confusing and/or irritating for most of the users.
But I liked it. Full of tech people, science, Ingress fans, Googlers, and even Linus Torvalds posts quite often. I was quite active user on Google+, but I lost interest at some point, specially since Google dismantled the project into smaller products. If they don't believe in their product, who will?
I understand totally the loss of interest on Google+ and their Google +1 button.
But is it only the Google +1 button? What about other platforms?
This is a Google Trends search of the terms:
- facebook button
- twitter button
- google plus button
This surprised me, I have to say. It seems this is a bigger trend.
I don't understand 100% the reason for the huge drop of interest on social media buttons.
Could it be that mobile devices users share content in a different way, without using these buttons?