We already knew Google+ was shutting down, but we now know exactly when and how Google+ will be disappearing from our lives. To be fair, most of us have already moved on from Google+, but this is important for the few people who still use the social network.
In October 2018, Google disclosed that Google+ had suffered a data leak. And as a result, the company announced the consumer version of Google+ is shutting down. And now we know all of the important dates, including when your Google+ account will disappear.
Download and Save Your Google+ Data ASAP
According to this Google Support page, Google+ will be shutting down on April 2, 2019. This is when “your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts”.
Before that, however, on February 4, 2019, you will “no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.” This is also the date when the Google+ Sign-in button on sites and apps will start to be replaced by a Google Sign-in button.
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You can, of course, download and save your Google+ content, but you’ll have to do so before April. Thankfully, you can download all of your Google+ data, “including your Google+ circles, Communities, Streams, and +1’s” at once by following these instructions.
It should be noted that all of this only applies to personal users, as the enterprise version of Google+ is sticking around. In fact, Google is planning to roll out “a new look and new features” for G Suite customers in the coming months.
A Sad End for Another Failed Social Network
This is a sad day for a social network that once boasted a passionate userbase. Unfortunately for fans of Google+, not enough people cared. So in the end, Google+ will go down in history as another in a long line of social media platforms that flopped.
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