Friday, February 1, 2019

It's official, Google Plus is shutting down

I have just received an email today about Google+ shutting down on April 2, 2019. From February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new profiles, events, pages, of communities on Google Plus.

Google+ is a social networking service provided by Google, but didn't have as much attraction as Facebook. There was also a hacking incident back in October 2018 that caused exposure of private data to half a million accounts.

Google+ brand pages will also be shut down, as well as any photos or videos you may have on your personal profile will be deleted. Google+ Communities posts and other content will also be deleted, so you may want to backup before April.

Another thing to note for bloggers using the Blogger (blogspot) service of Google, if you use the Google+ commenting system on your blog posts, that will also be discontinued from February 4th. A great alternative, which I use as well, is the commenting system. It's free, supports multiple ways of logging in, and as easy as creating an account and pasting the code on your website. (Note: I am not affiliated with Disqus in any way).

If you used any Google+ buttons to sign in to other websites, those will also stop working in the coming weeks, although some may be replaced with a Google sign-in button. In that case, you will still be able to sign in with your Google account.

Will you miss the Google+ social network? Let us know in the comments.

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