Monday, February 4, 2019

No More Google+

Well, This is Distressing

So we just found out Google+ is shutting down and all personal accounts will be deleted including comments to blogs and sites using the google+ log in. We have no idea how this affects Blogger. We are currently in the process of archiving and downloading our data. The only thing I can figure for sure is that the "followers" section and the "profile" on our sidebar will soon be empty. 

Very sad! I've read it several times and it sounds like Blogger will remain, but all the comments I've made to other blogs over the years will disappear! I've had some lovely discussions with people since 2013. Very sad indeed!

Here is the email notification:

Google+ Team

Fri, Feb 1, 6:20 PM (3 days ago)
to me
You've received this email because you have a consumer (personal) Google+ account or you manage a Google+ page.
In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers' expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.
On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.
The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.
As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events.
See the full FAQ for more details and updates leading up to the shutdown.
If you're a Google+ Community owner or moderator, you may download and save your data for your Google+ Community. Starting early March 2019, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community. Learn more
If you sign in to sites and apps using the Google+ Sign-in button, these buttons will stop working in the coming weeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button. You'll still be able to sign in with your Google Account wherever you see Google Sign-in buttons. Learn more
If you've used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Learn more
If you're a G Suite customer, Google+ for your G Suite account should remain active. Contact your G Suite administrator for more details. You can also expect a new look and new features soon. Learn more
If you're a developer using Google+ APIs or Google+ Sign-in, click here to see how this will impact you.
From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place. We are grateful for the talented group of artists, community builders, and thought leaders who made Google+ their home. It would not have been the same without your passion and dedication.
Google LLC 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
You have received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Google+ Page, product or account.

Best wishes! 


  1. I am very sad about G+ going. At least we have blogger for awhile longer now. :)

  2. I'm so sad that all the comments with google+ will be gone and will not be replaced! I know a lot of people who are upset at that.

    1. I know there were so many good conversations and supportive comments!

  3. This is very disappointing for my blog, Lily and Ellie. G+ was my only social media and I don't know what to do now, since I also use Blogger. Any suggestions? Also, loooove this blog! I love a tea called "Country Peach Passion" :)

    1. Hi! I've been assured by the Google+ help team that your blogger blog is attached to your google account not your google+ account. Your blog will remain in tact.

      I'm not 100% how you use blogger. I do not have a mobile app and only go through the computer with my gmail account. When I click that grouping of squares next to my profile picture I choose blogger. Next to the "New Post" button is your profile photo and if it still says google+ you should change that profile to a blogger profile. It's very easy to do.

      New blog posts still go out to subscribers. Maybe get permission to also share your posts via Pinterest. We have a Facebook page but know that is not an acceptable network to all families.

      Country Peach Passion sounds delightful!

    2. You'll want to activate the "Follow by email" option on your blog too.