We will shut down the consumer (personal) version of Google+, a social network owned by Google, on April 2, 2019. You may download and store your Google+ data if you like. This may take some time, so begin as soon as possible before March 31, 2019.
No other Google products (such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, or YouTube) will be affected by the consumer Google+ closure. The Google Account you use to access these services will be retained. For users who want to continue using the platform, or its features such as Google+ Communities and Pages, they can do so through a private company called G+B. Users can view their personal Google+ profile page by entering "plus.google.com" in the address bar of their browser.
After the shutdown, only corporate accounts will be able to sign up for a new one. However, any existing corporate accounts will be able to log in with their credentials after March 2.
The reason we are shutting down Google+ is because we haven't seen much usage of it. Only 8 million people use it each month, which is very low compared to our 30 billion user base across our other products. As a result, we've decided not to invest further in it.
Google+ was launched in 2011 as an attempt to create a more centralised version of Facebook. It allowed users to create profiles pages that could be public or private, add friends, share photos, post videos, and create communities. The service also included tools for bloggers and businesses to manage their online identities.
We stated in December 2018 that we will be shutting down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 owing to low usage and the hurdles involved in sustaining a successful product that satisfies customers' expectations.
Google+ was decommissioned on April 2, 2019. Google blamed the termination on poor user interest and software security risks. At the time of its inception, Google's choice to opt-in its user base with lax privacy settings resulted in a data leak and widespread condemnation. Additionally, Google+'s developers expressed concerns that Google was not developing enough new features to keep the platform alive.
When it was first launched in 2011, Google+ was expected to take over the social media market from Facebook. However, this did not happen and Facebook continues to dominate the market.
Google+ was designed as an alternative to Facebook and also included features such as photo sharing, videos, games, and more. However, users didn't have enough incentives to use Google+ since there were no ads shown on the platform and no way to make money. As a result, only small groups of people would sign up and then leave them alone. In April 2019, Google announced it was shutting down Google+ because there weren't enough users to make it profitable.
Google+, the search engine's unsuccessful social network, will be decommissioned on Tuesday morning. It was Google's fourth effort at a social network, launched in 2011 and competing with Facebook and Twitter. Even after Google pushed it onto the huge YouTube community, the site failed to win over users.
The reason for its demise wasn't disclosed by Google, but rumors have suggested that it was due to lack of interest from users who didn't see the value in having a separate network.
In April 2012, Google announced that it was shutting down the development of Google+ because they had not seen "significant usage" of the product. However, several publications reported last week that Google is planning to revive the project under a new name.
Google+ was designed to give people a more personal online experience by allowing them to connect with others in their social network and share content such as photos and videos. The service also included a feature called "Hangouts," which allowed users to video chat with up to 10 friends or strangers simultaneously.
Although it was originally intended to be a replacement for Google Message Boards, which were previously owned by Google but shut down in 2014, few users ever saw this benefit.
Google+ is no longer available to consumers, although it is still available to businesses. Only a few days after shutting down the public version of Google+, Google announced today that the commercial version will be renamed. Previously known as Google Business, Google Apps for Work will now be called Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
In addition to the name change, several other features are being added to GCP to make working with apps and data easier. For example, all apps on GCP now have access to "App Engine Flexible Environment", which allows them to be run in any region anywhere in the world. Also, new APIs have been introduced to help developers work with apps and data in different ways.
Here's how Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, described Google+ at its shutdown press conference: "We made the decision to focus our energy on projects that we felt could best serve users through technology. We're not going away, but we don't have plans to add new features or products to Google+. Instead, we want to concentrate our efforts on making GCP [Google Cloud Platform] even better for businesses."
As you can see, there's no mention of Google+ here. It's safe to say that it has been cancelled. However, that doesn't mean that it was ever actually deleted.
You will also have access to a plethora of useful tools, such as email, blogging, and others. The first step is to create a Google Plus account. It is simple to use, and you can have your account set up in a matter of minutes. This article has been designated as historic. Google Plus was decommissioned on April 2, 2019. (posted 2019-04-02).
You can set up a Google Plus account at any time; however, we recommend that you do so before you start using the service. That way, you can take full advantage of all its features!
If you already have a social media account, like Facebook or Twitter, you can link it to Google Plus by entering the details during the sign-up process. This allows you to connect with friends and family who use these services.
Google Plus is part of the larger Google platform. So if you own any other products from Google, such as Gmail or Google Maps, then you already know what to expect with regards to user experience. These products are built by Google directly, so they use the best technology available and put out updates regularly.
Google Plus also has a lot of third-party apps. These apps can be useful for things such as taking photos with your phone and editing them immediately online, listening to music online, or finding places around you using Google Maps.
Users may still access Google+ using their mobile web browser by visiting plus.google.com. However, we will be closing down the consumer (personal) version of Google+ on April 2, 2019. After this date, only businesses can create profiles for themselves on Google+.