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Google Plus (Google+) is an extinct social media platform operated by the tech giant Google from June 28, 2011 to April 2, 2019. Although exact figures are impossible to determine, Google+ had a considerable user base belonging to the furry fandom, with its two largest furry communities harboring roughly 29000 and 16000 members, respectively, at their peak.

Features In its later versions, Google+ was attractive to some users due to some of its unique features and intended uses. Most notably, Google+ was one of few large social media platforms designed for users to connect with total strangers based on shared interests, which helped it to gather a large user-base involved in various online fandoms, including furry. The communities feature on Google+ was the main method by which users found and connected with others, either by joining a preexisting community or by creating their own. Users could also follow others' individual accounts, or exclusively a certain compilation of posts from another user grouped into a "collection."

Furry Fandom presence Many individual furry or anthro centered communities existed on Google+, largely due to the fact that any user could create a community of their own. The vast majority of these communities were, inevitably, small and unsuccessful in maintaining activity for extended periods of time due to numerous reasons (insufficient member count, inactive/incompetent staff, difficulty to find in search, narrow target demographic, being set as "ask to join," raiding, etc.). Despite their content violating Google's terms of service, NSFW furry communities were not difficult to come across on the site, although were often very short lived. Google+'s extremely sub-par reporting system could be abused into suspending or outright deleting NSFW posts, accounts, or communities with relative ease, which was a strategy often used by large, inexperienced raid communities to rid the site of NSFW content. Naturally, even SFW furry communities were prime targets of raiders and trolls for both "report spamming," and legitimate raiding tactics (ex: convincing the owner to give the raider a moderator position, usually on an alt account, and then banning all the users + changing the community name), meaning an often quick and unexpected death for small furry communities started by inexperienced users.

The larger and more established furry communities on the site were more or less immune to such problems, largely because their survival for such an extended period of time required an active and competent owner/moderator team, and also because larger, older communities may have been favored by Google's mysterious reporting algorithms. Google+ contained two main furry fandom communities; ★║FURRIES║★, with a peak membership of 29000, and Furry Fandom, with a peak membership of 16000. Furry Fandom was created originally by Felix Fox, and co-owned by user Henry Pailing. Felix Fox, Henry Pailing, and a few of their former moderators abandoned the community towards the end of 2016; neither owners were active on the community leading up to this point. Felix Fox in particular left the community in a shroud of little-known controversy after reportedly telling very young community members that "all furries screw animals," and "(I) couldn't care less about losing or keeping the community." In addition, Felix would often break his own community rules during his occasional periods of activity, which included trolling community members for entertainment and harassing those who confronted him about it, referring to himself as "God." After the previous owners had left, two users by the names of Crimson Steel Moon and Sydney Aussie were appointed as community owners, and remained so until the end of Google+. Shortly after the change in ownership, the staff of Furry Fandom decided to set the community to "ask to join," meaning that moderators would have to manually accept each individual account attempting to join the community, as a measure to prevent trolls from entering. As a result, the community membership grew very slowly after that point, peaking some time in 2018 at over 16000 members.