The latest besieged Google product for getting the date of death is Google+. The controversial clone of Google on Facebook closes April 2nd. Google for years refused the service, but in October sentenced the site to death, after it became aware of the data leakage. We now have a specific service close date.
The Google Support page tells you in detail how G + will turn off, and it's not just freezing messages on the site. The entire site will be demolished and everything will be deleted. "On April 2, your Google+ account and all Google+ pages you created will be closed, and we will start removing content from Google+ accounts," the page says.
The whole removal process sounds cruel. This will not only be the entire Google+ site that will be removed from the Internet – Google comments on Blogger and other third-party sites will also be removed. Google+ users have until April to download and save everything themselves, what they can do through this page.
Google+ was Google’s panicky response to the growth of Facebook and other social networks. Back in 2011, Google considered Facebook as an existential threat. What if people stopped searching and just asked their friends for good sites and product recommendations? Today it sounds ridiculous, but then Google believed that the future was for social networks, and Google’s then-CEO Larry Page linked all employee rewards with the success of Google+. As a result, Google forced Google+ to use any other Google product, regardless of whether it made sense or not. At one point, one of Google’s executives called this service “something like the next version of Google.” Now Google has to remove Google + tentacles from all its products.
With all the integration into other products, Google warns that closing Google+ will not be a quick process. "The process of removing content from Google+ user accounts, Google+ pages and an archive of albums will take several months, and the content may remain during this time," says the Google support page. "For example, users may still see portions of their Google+ account through the activity log, and some Google+ consumer materials may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted."
Despite the fact that April 2 is an unsurpassed date for profiles, the elimination of Google+ will begin pretty soon. As of February 4, you will not be able to create new Google+ profiles or communities. Google says third-party sites and apps that use the Google+ sign-in button will stop working “in the coming weeks,” and that third parties should upgrade to Google’s version other than Google +. Comments with Google + support will be removed from Blogger on February 4th and from third-party sites on March 7th.
Google has been receding from Google+ for some time, and today the service is not as fully integrated with Google as it was in the past. Google Photos and Google Hangouts were once parts of Google+, and now they are offline services. At one point, Google+ was required for comments on YouTube, but now it’s not. The service was also de-integrated from the Google Play Store, Gmail and Google Search.
Google+ is another product on the list of services that Google plans to close soon. Before Google closes Google+, Google’s Inbox will die in March. Google Hangouts will start working in October for G Suite users, and consumers will be disconnected in 2020. In the future, I suspect, it will be about the death of Google Play Music, which is expected to merge with YouTube Music at some point. This will be a difficult year for the Google user.