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Google+ shutdown date revealed

(Image credit: Image Credit: Asif Islam / Shutterstock)

Google will begin slowly shutting down its failed social media platform, Google+, this February. The news was confirmed in a Google blog post (opens in new tab), which detailed the steps the company plans on taking to completely eliminate the platform from the internet.

It will first start by preventing new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events. These features will be turned off in February. The next step, beginning of April this year, is to delete all accounts and pages, together with all the information residing within these – photos, videos, stuff like that.

This won't happen overnight, Google said, and it expects this process to take 'months'.

If you have any valuable data you'd like to save from the platform, Google has created step-by-step archiving instructions which you can find here (opens in new tab).

However, not all pages will be deleted. If a page owner is also a G Suite user – the page will remain.

Another interesting takeaway from the Google+ shutdown is the fate of other features, like Google+ Sign Ins or Google+ Comments.

Google+ Sign In will, most likely, be replaced by a Google Sign In. Google+ Comments will stop working 'in the coming weeks'.

All Google+ APIs will be shut down, as well.

„We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Google+ users who’ve built their communities with us over the years,” Google concluded.

“We appreciate what you’ve created and your contributions. Look out for more enterprise-specific Google+ details later this year.”

Image Credit: Asif Islam / Shutterstock

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.