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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (USA Today) — The Google+ social network is headed to the graveyard.

But let’s not bury it yet. Some very cool and useful tools came out of the Google+ experiment, which still live on.

This week, Google sort of threw in the towel to taking on Facebook with yet another place for folks to update each other on their lives, by making a major change in how we interact with Google.

No longer will we have to sign into our Google+ profile to get to YouTube: We can now use our regular Google ID.

Google had basically forced G+ on folks, whether they wanted it or not, and that created so much hostility that Google + never really took off. It’s a social network that resembled a digital ghost town.

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