Google has brought to our notice his decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations.
According to the announcement on google support room;
“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. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.
“As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.”
“If you’re a Google+ Community owner or moderator, you may download and save your data for your Google+ Community. Starting early March 2019, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community.”
“If you sign in to sites and apps using the Google+ Sign-in button, these buttons will stop working in the coming weeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button. You’ll still be able to sign in with your Google Account wherever you see Google Sign-in buttons.”
“If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019.”
What do these mean for Bloggers (especially blogspot users)?
- Google shutting down G+ means Bloggers traffic from G+ will be no more and if that’s one of your main sources of traffic, start working on another.
- Blogspot users will not able able to use G+ profile and G+ comment on their blogs. With this, if you are a blogspot user, revert your profile to Blogger profile and change your comment settings to Blogger comment. Expect less comments from non-blogspot users. You know how the recaptcha can be annoying. Be ready to try out comment systems like Facebook and Disqus.
- It is time to register on gravatar with your gmail and upload your preferred picture to show whenever you use such gmail on WordPress blog.
R.I.P Google Plus