The man who was behind Google’s crack at social notworking has announced he has given up and is heading for pastures new.
Vic Gundotra was credited with building Google+ into the social network it is today, which means that it is probably his fault.
Gundotra appropriately announced his decision to leave Google+ via a post on the network, he didn’t mention any bad blood, but said he was looking forward to the “journey yet to come”.
At the moment no-one knows where he is going, or what he will do what he gets there. An anonymous posting on Secret three days ago revealed the Gundotra was interviewing. What that means is anyone’s guess, but the suggestion is that he has been planning to leave for a while.
The dark satanic rumour mill has suggested that, Google seems to be backing away from the original Google+ strategy which was to force Google+ into every product. Google Hangouts will supposedly be moved to Android, and the Google+ photos team is “likely” to follow. With talent will be shifting away from the Google+ kingdom and towards Android as a platform.
Gundotra joined Google at 2007 and worked on Google Buzz, and then built the Google+ project from nothing. Gundotra worked at Microsoft before he joined Google and he worked on the team that built the web services foundation in the .NET framework.
Google’s CEO Larry Page acknowledged on Google+ that he was grateful for all of Gundotra’s hard work. “Vic cut his teeth on our mobile apps and developer relations, turning Google’s disparate efforts into something great … And, walking onto the stage at I/O last year, it was amazing to see developers so excited about Google. These were vintage Vic projects. Then Vic built Google+ from nothing. There are few people with the courage and ability to start something like that and I am very grateful for all his hard work and passion.” Why use two words when 100 words will do?
Page made it clear that the exit was nothing to do with Google losing interest in Google+ and said that the company would continue to invest in the social notworking project.
VP of Engineering David Besbris will be the interim head of social networking until they can find someone else.