I doubt if many of you ever used Google+, it doesn’t seem that many people did. Having said that they did have half a billion regular users so it is a sign of the times when I can use ‘not many people’ when referring to half a billion.
Anyway, from an RPG perspective it was actually quite active with indie game developers and minority games. There were/are 18 Rolemaster related communities (groups) on Google+ of which I was a rather inactive member of about six of them.
So Google has announced the winding down of Google+ and its eventual closure in 2019.
There is another social network that has been waiting in the wings and now is welcoming the RPG community from Google+ and that is mewe.
They have a dedicated group called The Great G+ RPG Exodus and that is what the point of this post is all about. If you never bothered with G+ then it may be worth taking a look at the new mewe RPG groups. If you were a user then you should be able to hook up with your previous contacts if the exodus gains enough momentum.
MeWe is not without controversy. It is very pro free speech and as such has, in the past, welcomed some alt-right groups. On the other hand it is ultra pro-privacy. It has a promise of no ads and no tracking. It intends to make its money from offering premium services. You can read about their ethics and business model on their FAQ.
I have joined mewe and created a Rolemaster group. If you want to join the network then you can connect with me or just join the group.
If it all works out for them then great, if it withers away and dies like so many upstart social networks then too be honest I would not lose any sleep over it.