The recent announcement of Google+ shutdown by Google has left public in a state of shock and surprise. It was launched in 2010 with an aim to create a social media platform similar to Facebook. Though it may not have been quite popular but it still enjoys a dedicated following through communities that have been well established. To prepare the user for shutdown of Google+, it has created a process. Let’s check this process that can help you to download and save your content.
One of the main reasons that Google+ will be shut down can be correlated with the data breach that took place on this platform in March 2018. The personal and private information of over 500,000 accounts was illegally shared without any consent from the developers. This is the same time when Facebook was under tight scrutiny due to Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
The most worrisome part about this information was the fact that Google did not even disclose this news for a long time, which left several profiles in a vulnerable condition. Though Google has claimed that none of the data is mishandled but still the issue is most likely investigated in the US and Europe.
Small user base
Another reason for this shutting down of Google+ is due to the small user base on the platform. When it was launched, people were already engaged on other social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook leaving a hefty competition for Google+.
Despite having dedicated users and communities, their number is still far lower than other social media platforms. Attempts have been made in the past to boost the number of users which resulted in the formation of less crowded but more passionate community.
The shutdown and saving of data
Google+ will be shutting down its pages and accounts on April 2, 2019 which means users would have to export their data out of this platform. Google has launched a service called Takeout to help users do this. This service makes data exporting much easier and simpler because all you have to do is to log-in to your Google account and initiate the download process.