Google Loses Key Social Media Executive
Vic Gundotra (pictured), one of Google's most visible executives and the manager of the company's Google+ social networking service, announced his departure from the company this week with no word on where he was going. Gundotra joined Google in 2007 from Microsoft and was well known for hosting the annual Google I/O developer conference, in addition to his Google+ work.
Google+, launched in 2011, has managed to recruit more than 500 million users. But it has struggled to gain serious traction against competitors like Facebook and Twitter in the social networking arena. A Wall Street Journal story said the Google+ unit was recently reorganized and that Gundotra's departure was the latest sign of upheaval for Google+.