I remember when Google introduced Google Plus all those years ago thinking they’d probably bitten off more than they could chew, and that the version of Google Plus I saw wasn’t up to much, certainly not up to the standards of Facebook, but I was up for giving it a try. Unfortunately, not a lot of other people where. Then a few years ago they introduce the Publisher and Authorship tags which required the user to point a website, or content back to a page on Google Plus in order Google gets an understanding of the “authorship” / authority of the content. Suddenly, I got more excited. Google has just announced this 3 year experiment has come to an end with failure and discontinuation. I’m not totally surprised, a little sad maybe, and more than a little curious about the implications for one of the most important tools in an online marketer’s arsenal: Content Marketing.