Google+ social network was launched three years ago. Since then it was overseen by Vic Gundotra, who is the head of social networking services at Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL). However, he has informed on Thursday that soon he will leave the internet search company. Gundotra has worked for almost eight years at Google, and posted on Google+ that that he will soon make a move out of the company.
Reworking on priorities of life
Gundotra has not revealed, where he is going to, and didn’t even mention the reasons behind the decision. He has related a story about a member of his extended family, who has met with sudden death. This incident has made him rethink about the priorities of life, according to Gundotra.
“We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish,” Gundotra wrote. “But even the challenges we work on today will one day become “and thens” as we move on to the next.”
The company’s management has chosen David Besbris to replace Gundotra, who can depart from the company immediately, says a report from Reuters citing sources familiar with the matter. Gundotra has put in huge efforts in building the social networking of the company from scratch and these efforts have been commended by Larry Page, the Chief Executive at Google Inc (NADSAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL).
“There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that,” Page wrote, in a post on his Google+ profile page on Thursday.
Positioning of Google+
The social network market is growing at a very past pace. With a strong user base of about 1.28 billion users, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is the most popular ‘Social Networking Site.’ Google has been trying hard to make a strong position in this arena with Google+. Unfortunately, they have not been so successful, in the field, and are struggling hard to match pace with Facebook. There were only 300 million users, who visited the web page of Google+ every month, as informed by Gundotra, in October.
Google Inc (NADSAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) wanted to position Google+ as a means of establishing a unified “user identity” system. The internet giant thought that the various web properties of Google will be improved in this manner. They didn’t intend to position it as a social networking “stream” that was in competition with Facebook.