So Long and Farewell Google +

It’s the end of an era today, Google + is finally done.  April 2, 2019 is the day Google has officially shut down its venture into Social Networking with the end of Google +.

Creation of new accounts was disabled in February, and current Google + profiles were able to grab their information, images, saved items until today, when the platform will begin deleting all 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,” the company said in a notice in late January.

It will take a couple months to completely delete all content, so users may still be able to access their content for now.  However, all Google + sign-ins will stop working for other services.

Google decided to kill off Google + after a bug was discovered that exposed the personal data of almost a half million users. Google did not disclose the data breach to the public until much later and shortly after that announcement another security bug exposed the data of another 50+ million users.

Google + was launched in 2011 to compete in the Social Networking landscape, primarily with Facebook.  The Social Network failed to gain traction and was never any threat to the big networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)

Because it never really took off in the Social world, Google + ended up merging with YouTube to help generate interest, but this move was met with YouTube user backlash.  Google Photos and Hangouts were pulled out of Google + and turned into separate services. Even with the changes, by 2015 the Social platform was pretty much dead.

Most Google + content “will likely be preserved for posterity, thanks to the efforts of Archive Team. But the network itself is now finally, officially, dead.”

So long Google +, it’s been fun!

 

Laura Donovan Written by:

For nearly 10 years I have been helping businesses of all types use the power of social networks to achieve their marketing and sales goals. As a Social Media Director, Content Manager and Digital Media Marketer I have used a variety of platforms including Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. I focus on developing and executing a strategy that best fits each client while measuring and monitoring analytics and metrics to ensure benchmarks are met, researching industry trends as well as social influencers, working toward achieving SEO and branding through the appropriate social platforms, blogging, paid acquisition and email. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, experience with management, customer service, creativity and vision with strong analytic skills. I understand the platforms and their differences and know how to help a business succeed on Social Media and keep current on social marketing trends and best practices. I have enjoyed working with many different companies including Sharp Electronics, Mary Kay, Inc., Re/Max, Nationwide Insurance, State Farm, Northern Insurance and many more across the country. See more about the services my company offers at http://www.socialmediamarketing-help.com and connect with me: @LauraDonovan or @TheWordPro on Twitter, @TheWordPro on Instagram and like my Facebook Page at /TheWordPro Thanks for stopping by to read my blog!