Yes it’s true Google+ shut down as of April 2019!
Yesterday I received an email from Google notifying me that Google+ consumer version will be shut down in April 2019. But Google will continue to have Google+ for G-Suite Customers.
Now the problem with that is that is not quite clear what will happen with the Google+ My Business, which in my believe, is the strongest asset in their social media arsenal. They even mention that this change they will give them the opportunity to focus on adding enterprise features and improving Google+ for G Suite customers. So, I guess those of us who keep paying the G-suite will have a competitive advantage over the free-loaders. Below is an abstract from the email that all G-Suite customers received.
Upcoming changes to Google+ for your organization
Here are some of the changes your users may experience with the shutdown of the consumer version of Google+:
- Communities outside your domain without at least one G Suite owner will be deleted. Also, your users will no longer be able to create public communities outside your domain.
- Google+ pages, events, and the Google+ profile field for “tagline” will be deleted for both G Suite and consumer users.
- Previously, upon G Suite customer cancellation, certain customers (e.g., edu customers) could continue to use Google+. Going forward, upon cancellation of G Suite, all G Suite customers’ content will be flagged for deletion.
- Content from consumer Google+ accounts will be deleted. Consumer users will also be removed from your circles and communities.
- For additional changes to Google+ features such as collections, circles, search, vanity URLs, and commenting in Blogger and other sites
So stay tune because Google+ is changing…again!
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