For most, the fact that Google+ is closing will come as a big surprise – but only because few thought it was still open.
A 2015 study from Stone Temple Consulting found that there were just 6.7 million users who had posted 50 or more times, which sounds like a lot until you remember that 1.5 billion people check into Facebook every day.
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So it was no surprise that Google+ last year announced it was officially closing its doors (especially after it had the embarrassment of dealing with a massive security breach). The only question was when.
Now we have an answer: Google+ will officially close its doors on Tuesday April 2 – presumably delaying a day to avoid a million obvious April Fool jokes.
“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 writes on its support pages. “Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted,” it notes, but adds that if they’re also backed up in Google Photos then you have nothing to fear.
Although April 2 is the day Google has in mind, it’s a big project and will certainly take a few months to complete. As such, “content may remain through this time,” Google says.
“For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.”
Despite this, there are a few key dates to take note of. You won’t be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events from February 4, while community owners and moderators will be able to download data from early March.
Google+ sign in buttons will stop working in the next few weeks, but the company says in some cases these “may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button.”
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Google+ commenting will be taken off Google-owned Blogger by February 4, and other sites by March 7. All Google+ comments will be deleted from the April 2 closing date, too.
“From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place,” the company writes at the end of the note. “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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