Anyone who is naive enough to think this recent news (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/everything-in-its-right-place.html
) is good for Google+ needs a reality check: This is the end.
Here is exactly what is going to happen to Google+ -- and I say this as someone who has watched many a community die/service get sunset:
1. The promised "focus" on the product will never materialize. Instead, staffers who were focused on parts of Google+ will continue to get moved to other projects.
2. New features are not going to come. In fact, it's going to take even longer for bugs to get fixed, again, because no one is actually working on it.
3. Google will slowly start to retire the brand. They'll start by slowing or shutting down signups.
4. The product will be sunset and users will be encouraged to backup their data using Google Takeout.
It's over guys. You can either accept reality now or continue to use a service that, thanks to its official de-coupling -- is now seen as truly non-essential to Google. Google will let it exist for only so long, but at a certain point, they will retire it. Google Reader died. This will too.