We’ve been expecting this for months now and the day is finally here. Google+ has officially closed for consumer and brand accounts and if you visit your profile now, you’ll be greeted with a farewell message.
We here at Techaeris have been G+ users since the 2nd week of beta and we’ve made a lot of great online friends. We shared Ingress together, we shared tech stories together, we shared geek entertainment together and we created a great group of friends and family.
The closing of G+ isn’t easy for any of us. Yesterday we posted an April Fools’ post that suggested we purchased Google+ from Google. Despite there being a myriad of obvious clues that this was not true, many believed it. We have since updated that post to reflect CLEARLY, that it was just a fun way for us to bid farewell to our friends. We have received a lot of great comments about the post with the majority finding the humor in it.
Here’s what Google had to say about the closing of the Ploos:
What happened to Google+
In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019. Other Google products (such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, YouTube) were not shut down as part of the consumer Google+ shutdown and you can continue using those products. The Google Account you use to sign in to these services will remain. Note that photos and videos already backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted. Learn more
What happened to my content?
We are in the process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts and Google+ pages. This process will take a few months to complete, and content may remain through this time. In the meantime, if you previously created content on Google+, you may be able to download and save your remaining Google+ content and delete your Google+ profile. You may also be able to view and delete your remaining Google+ activity.
We will miss the social media platform that meant the most to us but just because it is going away, doesn’t mean everything is over. There are plenty of options from MeWe to Twitter. We encourage you to follow the friends you made on G+ to the platforms they move to and continue your relationships there.