Goodbye Google+. We hardly knew ye.
by Damian Battinelli
In October 2018, Google announced their decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019. I can’t say I’m surprised. What does surprise me is how long Google+ tried to contend with social media giants Facebook and Twitter.
With a dizzying array of features and functions, Goggle+ has always struggled to be a relevant social network since its June 2011 release.
According to Google, the decision was made “due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers' expectations.” Another reason could be the alleged internal breakdown currently happening within the company which can be read in a recent Wired article.
Google+ was one of many attempts at social networking and Google products. Some of these include Google Buzz, Google Friend Connect, Orkut, Google Health and Google Powermeter. I’m guessing you’re like me and have never even heard of these products.
Google acknowledged 90% of Google+ user sessions lasted less than an embarrassing five seconds. Many accounts were created as a side effect to signing up for other Google services that integrated a Google+ account such as Gmail and YouTube.
So now what? Well, your Google+ account will be shut down on April 2, 2019. Photos, videos and anything in your Album Archive will be deleted along with any other Google+ pages. Google has provided a link on how to download your photos and other content before the April deadline.
As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events. Oh, darn.
If you’re a G Suite customer like I am, your account should remain active so don’t fret.
Google’s parting message via email notification reads: “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.”
A full FAQ is available - if you actually care.