Google+ Social Network Shutting Down April 2, 2019
Originally created as a competitor to Facebook, Google has decided to discontinue its Google Plus social network due to a lack of consumer engagement, and the existence of a critical security bug that could allow personal data to be exposed to third party app developers.
On April 2, 2019 all Google+ content will be removed from access and deleted, so if you are a Google+ user and you wish to retain your information you will need to perform the following:
- Go to Google’s Download your data page. Sign into your Google account if you’re not already. If you have a Google+ account, all Google+ options will be preselected for you.
- Click Next.
- Choose a file type to store your data, .zip is the most common.
- Choose a delivery method, either an emailed download link or add to your preferred cloud storage system.
- Click Create archive.
If you wish to delete your Google Plus account prior to the April 2nd shutdown, you can do so on the Delete your Google+ profile page.