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Shutdown of google+

Google plus (Google+) is Google’s very own social media network that was created by google in a vain attempt to compete and probably overtake the likes of facebook.

In an official statement, google recently announced the shutting down of google+ effective from the 2nd, April 2019 even as many eyebrows have been raised as to why they have to do this. Google stated as a notice to all google+ users when logged in, I quote:

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.

What Is The Reason For Google Shutting Down Google Plus?

Now looking at the circumstances, it is very much easier to say that the major cause of this is because of a rumoured breach by hackers that led to the exposure of user data.

The company’s official explanation is that it decided to shutter the site “due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations”.

Perhaps those “challenges” largely relate to a the rumoured data leak in the social network that was discovered in March 2018 but wasn’t disclosed for six months.

That leak “potentially affected up to 500,000 accounts”, allowing third-party applications to access information marked as private, although Google said it had found “no evidence that any profile data was misused”.

The company had initially planned to shut the social network down in August this year, but in November it discovered another bug that gave apps access to non-public information, and therefore rescheduled the shutdown to take place much earlier in April.

What Are The Implications Of Google deleting Google Plus ?

There is little or no servere penalties as there are less active users of the social network owing to the fact that most people are not aware of the fact that they are signed up on google plus because it is automatically done by gmail.

The only significant penalty here will be loss of files stored on the social network and also posts or anything shared through google+ (e.g blog posts). Nevertheless, here are a few things to note before the deletion process is started

Deletion of google plus

  • On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and Google 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, you may still see parts of your Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.
  • As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you’ve used Google plus 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 plus comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Learn more
  • 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.

At the end of it all, Google went ahead to thank all users for their cooperation and support as follows;

From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place. We are grateful for the talented group of artists, community builders, and thought leaders who made Google+ their home. It would not have been the same without your passion and dedication.

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