Are you a Google+ user? This might come as a shock to you but Google as at last year, made the decision to shut down the social network after its security vulnerability was brought to light. The company in fact postponed the final day of the website’s existence after the revelation of a data bug exposing 52.5 million users’ information was discovered. Google currently revealed that Google+ will cease to exist after April 2nd, 2019.
The steps it will take leading to that day include;
-Inability to create new profile, pages, communities and events starting on the 4th of February.
-The tech giant will also terminate the use of Google+ for comments on Blogger that same day. However, other sites can still use till the 7th of March.
-In the following weeks, Google+ Sign in buttons will stop working and will be replaced by Google Sign in buttons.
Mountain view on the hand, will wait until the shutdown day itself to close all consumer accounts and pages, all Google+ comments users have made over the past years will also be deleted.
To compensate for communities that may have gathered tons of interesting and important data, the company will give moderators the opportunity to download posts including their author, body and photos, sometime earlier in the month of March.
With all these laid down, It does not seem like Google would change its mind, so you can bid farewell to the consumer version of the social network. Google+ for G Suite will however continue to be and soon would wear a now look, packed with new features.
Google+, pronounced and sometimes written as Google Plus, is an Internet-based social network that is owned and operated by Google.
The service, Google’s fourth foray into social networking, experienced strong growth in its initial years, although usage statistics have varied, depending on how the service is defined. Three Google executives have overseen the service, which has undergone substantial changes leading to a redesign in November 2015.
Google plans to stop offering the consumer version of Google+ in April 2019. The company cited low user engagement and disclosed software design flaws that potentially allowed outside developers access to personal information of millions of users