I am writing the title of this article a little tongue in cheek. Of course I know what Google+ is. I have had an account for several years and used it for a small stint in 2014 and for a couple of weeks this year.
In December 2018 Google announced that in April 2019, it would be shutting down Google+ services for personal use. Funny though, I only got the announcement via email today? The announcement that I got says that as of February 4th I will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events (ok).
For others who use Google+ more deeply, these are the following developments you need to worry about
If you’re a Google+ Community owner or moderator, you may download and save your data for your Google+ Community. Starting early March 2019, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community. Learn more
If you sign in to sites and apps using the Google+ Sign-in button, these buttons will stop working in the coming weeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button. You’ll still be able to sign in with your Google Account wherever you see Google Sign-in buttons. Learn more
If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Learn more
If you are a Google G Suite user or a Developer using google+ API’s things stay relatively the same
If you’re a G Suite customer, Google+ for your G Suite account should remain active. Contact your G Suite administrator for more details. You can also expect a new look and new features soon. Learn more
If you’re a developer using Google+ APIs or Google+ Sign-in, click here to see how this will impact you.
Google was touted as being a “Facebook Killer” but it never made it to that. Last check, it had about 111 million users compared to Facebook’s over 2 billion. A Facebook killer it is not. There was a running meme about what popular social networks were in a nutshell. Google+ was called “an internal social network for Google employees”!
So basically Google is still using it, just for much smaller purposes. Maybe it might grow into something else or maybe die altogether. Either way, we probably won’t notice…..