Google+ was initially launched in June 2011 with the goal of competing against other social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. At first, Google+ received a surge in user signups but over time users spent less time on the site compared to other social media websites.
In February, Google announced that it will be permanently shutting down Google+ on April 2, 2019. The reason for this shutdown is due to low usage and an inability to live up to the company’s expectations for the service, according to an article on The Verge. However, not all is lost, the Internet Archive is currently immersed in preserving public Google+ posts before it closes down forever.
The Internet Archive has begun preservation of the Google+ posts by archiving them and backing up the data with a virtual archiving tool called “Warrior” which will download the posts and archive them. However, the Internet Archive is not preserving everything only posts that are currently available to the public.
If you are interested in preserving your Google+ posts, contacts, and comments before the shutdown, Google has a tool called Google Takeout that allows you to create a downloadable archive file of your data.
Zane Castillo, INFO 653-02