Google Plus is no more – or, at least, will be no more, in a matter of weeks. Google is bringing its social network platform to an end and has been deleting consumer accounts since the morning of April 2nd.
Google announced that it will be shutting down the Google Plus platform back in October 2018, following a data exposure issue which had been kept under wraps for months and also due to overall low user engagement.
“While our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps,” Google’s Ben Smith wrote about the platform back in 2018 and added that “90% of the Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.“
The platform was supposed to call it quits in August of 2019 but a new bug which allowed developers access to user profile information made Google decide to hurry the process and shut it down this April.
Deleting all the Google Plus accounts will take months, so if you happen to visit the platform, you might still encounter a few of them still standing, but they won’t be there for long.
Word of advice: if you have a Google Plus account, make sure you move all videos and photos you want to keep elsewhere because media content deletion has started.