What you need to know about the closing of Google Plus…

You may have heard that Google plan to close down their social media service, Google Plus, on 2nd April 2019. The date was originally set in August this year, however due to a data breach they were forced to bring the closure forward.

Google Plus was launched in 2011 in an attempt to rival Facebook, however it just never really took off. Google claim that they have decided to close the platform down due to it not having as much activity as expected. You can now no longer post and there are a few things you may need to do before the official closure on April 2nd.

You may have already received an email from Google explaining the change and also that you need to download your data. We have summarized a list of things that you may wish to check in the run up to your Google Plus account being removed.

What to do:

    1. If you have a link to your Google Plus page on your website, you will need to remove this so not to have any broken links.

 

    1. Drive your followers to your other social media platforms – send them a message so that they can continue to follow you elsewhere and not miss out on your updates.

 

    1. Download your Google Data. You can do this by visiting the “Download Your Data” page, whilst you are logged in. Follow the instructions and select from the data that you wish to keep. You can then download your data to your chosen storage area (Dropbox, Google Drive etc.) You may also wish to store any imagery from your profile that may be lost such as images, if these are not downloaded as part of your saved data.

 

  1. You may wish to update any marketing materials for your business which feature your Google Plus account information such as your email footer, business cards and leaflets or brochures.

The good news is that all other Google Services will not be affected such as Google Drive, Google Photos and Gmail. Feel free to reach out to Blue Bee if you need help managing your social media.

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