Google Announced Date Pack-Up of Google+ in April 2019

johnmart

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Today, Google clear date of April 2019 Google+ closed to maintenance and service purpose at least 5 to 6 months.
 

Ingenious

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I had to LOL because I tried the login with Google+ option on my forum only to find it didn't work, and can't have done for quite a while - no-one noticed!
 

Ingenious

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I changed URL and forgot to update it all - was just making the point that nobody actually noticed it wasn't working.
 

Paul M

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Yep Google+ is being shut down completely including the API.

All data associated with it is being deleted. I got an email about it today.

In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers' expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.
 

southernlady

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Yep Google+ is being shut down completely including the API.

All data associated with it is being deleted. I got an email about it today.
I got the same email but for the life of me, I don’t remember using it.
 

cornnfedd

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i got the email as well, went and downloaded all the content I had in google + cause they told me too, all 1MB of data and one profile pic which I used once for something like 6 years ago... in fact I never used google plus and dont even know what it was for anymore.. lol

thanks google.
 

truthingtotruth

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I ran into discussions on this topic a number of times at Google and I seem to recall there was some concession to that shutdown date when a number of folks complained over there. But I don't remember the specifics as I type this.

What I would love to get my hands on is the data on what it cost Google to run that program and why the financial professionals in the company felt that shutting it down was good for the health of the company.
 

doubt

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What I would love to get my hands on is the data on what it cost Google to run that program and why the financial professionals in the company felt that shutting it down was good for the health of the company.
As soon as the profit is minimal and no hope to increase it, there is no incentive to run that program.
 

truthingtotruth

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Yes, they obviously know what they are doing and have some sharp money minds tending that side of the business, but I would like to see the actual numbers. What percentage of drop triggers the closing down of what was originally set up as a really big deal.

In fact, as I type this it enters my brain that maybe Google has had earlier failures of some sort of product like Google+, yes? My memory is a tad foggy on that subject, but something is nagging me that they have had similar troubles in the past. Maybe I'm wrong.

Anyway, purely for a sort of research thing I'd like to see those numbers. Wouldn't mind seeing the minutes of the meetings on the subject. Or recordings, if that is how they deal with the record, instead of keeping minutes.
 

Alex.

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I don't believe it was because Google couldn't compete with Facebook. Facebook had already begun their decline at the start of Google+. I think Sandman and someone else, a big boards owner, said it best roughly 8 years ago. Forums are on a decline because people don't want to spend time chit-chatting and would prefer to get their information as quickly as possible.

They say you gain patience as you get older. This is true, and I'm also turning a year older this weekend (I'll be accepting aged tequila and single malt scotch or Irish whiskey as gifts). However, suffice to say that even I'm tired of wading through threads or search results for an answer when I can site check a site like Reddit and likely find the answer I'm looking for, the iFixIt forums, StackExchange which doesn't allow BS crap to be posted, etc.

I think current society is going to be interesting in the decades to come. When we become codgers, we'll probably be using the same tech as our grandchildren or great-grandchildren will be at the time.
 

doubt

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I don't believe it was because Google couldn't compete with Facebook. Facebook had already begun their decline at the start of Google+.
They are still in a good shape:


Facebook earnings, user base jump even as scandals grow
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Facebook's spat with Apple on Wednesday shows it can't stay out of trouble. But the social network seems immune to scandals as well.

Monthly active users -- the number of people who log on to Facebook every month -- rose 9 percent year over year to 2.32 billion in the fourth quarter, which ended Dec. 31. User growth is crucial for Facebook, which makes its money by selling advertising targeted to user interests.

The rise in users comes as the company deals with yet another black eye. Overnight, Apple blocked a research app the social network was distributing to iPhone users, after it was discovered Facebook had sidestepped the review process. The Facebook Research app paid users between the ages of 13 to 35 up to $20 per month in exchange for letting Facebook access their phone and web activity, including personal messages.
 

fixer

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Google bailing on Google+, seems like many are not making a big deal of this but this has HUGE implications.
 

Alex.

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I'd argue it's an older demographic who simply doesn't care about the data being extracted from them. More and more older people are joining Facebook to find long lost friends and acquaintances, and to stay in touch with family and friends. The bigger moneymaker for companies advertising are usually younger people, even if they may not have as much disposable income as older people. Though they're more likely to make purchases without consolidating all facts.

Such as ?
Not as much junk email, Paul. Yeesh, get with the times, man! You mean to tell me you don't enjoy going over the 10 emails Google sends out whinging for you to come back to a platform you have no recollection of ever using? :eek:
 

southernlady

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Yeesh, get with the times, man! You mean to tell me you don't enjoy going over the 10 emails Google sends out whinging for you to come back to a platform you have no recollection of ever using?
Not Paul,obviously, but I don’t get emails like that.
 

mysiteguy

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Its too bad Google dropped Google Wave years ago, that concept showed so much promise for a social networking platform. :( Google+, blah.
 

Paul M

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Not as much junk email, Paul. Yeesh, get with the times, man! You mean to tell me you don't enjoy going over the 10 emails Google sends out whinging for you to come back to a platform you have no recollection of ever using? :eek:
This is the one and only only e-mail I got about it, and I most certainly do recall using it (while I worked for IB).
 
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