I always thought this was a cool feature. I noticed they removed faces from authorship not too long ago, but now it’s completely gone.
I posted some quick thoughts about it on my blog here: https://devbook.com/goodbye-google-authorship/
- What if it was “too” successful? (i.e. taking valuable clicks away from better results that didn’t have authorship)
- Structured data (i.e. schema.org) will still be used and expanded, although I wouldn’t be surprised if certain ones got axed as well.
- You should still have a Google+ page for your brand as they still show up in search results. Can’t hurt to have one anyway.
Overall, while I’ll miss the feature (both as a webmaster and a user) I’m not going to lose too much sleep over it.