The man that oversaw the development and launch of Google's social networking effort Google Plus is leaving the web firm after eight years service.
Vic Gundotra announced his departure on his Google Plus page. While he did not give a specific reason, he did suggest that it is a personal decision.
"We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become ‘and thens' as we move on to the next. Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost eight years," he said.
"Now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An ‘and then'. I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past eight years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come."
Gundotra thanked all at Google for their support in the development of Google Plus, and said that the "incredible dreamers" in the team have created an active user base that is "staggering".
However, on paper the Google social network lags far behind the Facebook alternative. Google Plus launched three years ago but does not have close to the same user levels as Mark Zuckerberg's older creation.
This week the Facebook CEO revealed a monthly user count of 1.28 billion, with around two thirds of them visiting its pages daily. In October 2013 Gundotra said that Google's alternate pulls in 300 million active monthly users.
According to reports David Besbris, vice president of engineering in the Google Plus division, who will take on Gundotra's role.
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