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    Google+ is no longer mandatory. Reports say that when now setting up a Google account, users no longer have to get a Google+ handle to be part of the search engine's social network.

    Previously, users had to be present on Google+ since January 2012, according to Marketing Land. Now, however, users can opt out with a click of the "No thanks" button.

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    While some could see this as Google giving up on its social network, but it's likely that company finally realized it's unnecessary and didn't increase Google+ use. It can only do that by creating interesting products -- such as Hangouts -- to make people want to join. Google also stopped forcing Google+ to use real names, something that now has Facebook embroiled in controversy.

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    For most people, lessening rules online is likely a blessing. Those not interested in Google+ likely won't be if forced to create an identity to use a product.

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