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Google Plus, the social networking platform, will shut down for consumers on 2 April this year! All the Google+ accounts and pages will be shut down as well since Google’s social networking platform will begin deleting content from consumer accounts.
This includes the photos and videos in the Album Archive and pages.
From 4 February, consumers will not be able to create new Google Plus profiles, pages, communities or events.
The feature of adding comments to personal or other sites will be removed from Blogger by 4 February and other sites by 7 March.
The Google Plus Sign-in button would stop working in the coming weeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button.
Consumers will still be able to sign in with the Google Account.
The users can download and save their content before April.
However, the photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.
The users can download an archive of their entire content. they just have to visit the download data page and ensure that all the data is pre-selected. Then, choose a file type and select the preferred download format. Lastly, click on create archive.
Users can also download specific Google Plus data.
The Google plus community owner or moderator may backup the data for the community.
From March 2019 onwards, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community.
Launched in 2011, Google+ or Google Plus is a Google-owned internet-based social network.
Last year, in December, Google had announced its decision to shut down Google+ for consumers due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations.
Google is not shutting down for enterprise users and it will continue to make investments in the platform for enterprise users.