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Random Google+ memory: Remember when +Tom Anderson (better known as "MySpace Tom") popped up as one of G+'s most active and popular early users?

Sniff.
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Fair warning, gang: Google is "accelerating the sunset" of Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019.

That's a lovely way to say "We know we've already disappointed you, but here, let us twist the knife a little further" — isn't it?

Just as a reminder, the absolute best way to stay in touch and stay connected to what I'm doing moving forward is via my weekly newsletter: https://androidintel.net

I'm also on Twitter, if you'd like to connect there as well: http://twitter.com/jrraphael

A happy sunset to you.
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A little somethin'-somethin' for all the current Fi users out there: a collection of easily forgotten Fi features that are well worth embracing.

Take a few minutes to look this over and make sure you're taking advantage of everything Fi has to offer:
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Google's Fi service can be an awesome cost-saver and a huge step up from the standard carrier experience — but it isn't gonna make sense for everyone.

So much to know, so much to consider. Questions, meet answers:
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Imagine a social network where geeks have higher follower counts than celebrities. Where there’s no advertising. Where trolls get crushed and ordinary people have a voice. Where smart people gather for long, detailed and interesting conversations...

A lovely and appropriate sendoff with a spot-on ending.
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Google didn't just kill Google+ or Inbox this fall. It killed the trust of its most loyal users. And that's something that may be difficult to revive:
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What do +Daria Musk and +Trey Ratcliff and some other early Google+ users think about this week's news? See their comments in a unique conversation over on Cake.
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Google+ was the one network where I could have intelligent conversations about technology.

Well said, +Steven Vaughan-Nichols.
For those of us who knew how to make the most of Google+, Google shutting it down is awful news.
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Well, it's official: Google+ is going away.

This makes me very sad. Even with all the ups and downs over the years, G+ has remained a vibrant and thriving community where I've connected with countless interesting people -- people who are as passionate about gadgets, systems, and other geekery as I am and who love discussing and debating those things in respectful and intelligent ways. As I'm sure I don't have to tell you, that kind of community is incredibly rare and difficult to find.

I can't say I'm entirely surprised Google is pulling the plug at this point, all considered, but I'm still extremely disappointed. But, alas. Here we are.

G+ isn't set to sunset until next August, so we have some time. And I'll stick around for now, as long as other folks are still here. Looking forward, though, the absolute best way to keep up with me, stay connected to what I'm doing, and stay in touch is via my weekly newsletter: https://www.androidintel.net

I'm also on Twitter, if you'd like to connect there as well: http://twitter.com/jrraphael

This has been a wonderful experience, and that's 100% because of all of you. Thank you for creating such a lively, fun, and thoughtful community within these virtual walls. I will really, truly miss it.
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Oh, hey: I found some really fun surprises while digging around to see how different Google products looked when they first launched.

In honor of the company's 20th anniversary this week, here's a visual journey back through time:
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