Planning to migrate from Google+ before closure? Users considering these alternatives

Google is frequently criticized for their ‘startup’ style development: instead of setting a proper long term goal, they end up with numerous competing solutions. After few days, they slowly abandon them one by one, and guess what? They will present you another spellbinding service, built on the graves of the earlier ones.

Readers can easily relate the saga with Google’s messaging solutions. We had Google Talk, which was later upgraded to Hangouts. A small residue of it still belongs to Gmail’s web UI.

There was a time when Hangouts could send text messages. Google plans to retire Hangouts for consumers and embrace Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for corporate customers.

hangouts_chat
Hangouts Chat

Average users got Google Allo for messaging (no SMS fallback though) and Google Duo for video calling. Wait, there is Android Messages for texting via carrier networks, which is also RCS capable. Google also maintains AOSP Messaging app.

Confused? Stop right there – Google Allo soon will join the graveyard of Google Spaces, Google Wave and Google Buzz.

google_allo
Google Allo

After the demise of Orkut, Google tried to combine messaging and social media platform by Google Wave and Google Buzz. It never took off, as packing features like microblogging, real time collaboration or web feed under one product yielded nothing but chaos.

Google+ was an exception. Created as a successor to Google Buzz, it was presented as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter.

google+_android
G+ Android app

Continuing the tradition, Google announced to shut down Google Plus for consumers. The company cited poor user engagement as well as disclosed a flaw which might allow accessing private user data from outside.

Ben Smith, VP of Engineering, noted:

However, we ran a detailed analysis over the two weeks prior to patching the bug, and from that analysis, the Profiles of up to 500,000 Google+ accounts were potentially affected. Our analysis showed that up to 438 applications may have used this API.

We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any Profile data was misused.

While Google continues to support enterprise edition of G+, millions of the regular users are not eligible for that privilege.

It is possible to back up Google Plus data via takeout.google.com, but that does not bring back the community.

 

google_takeout_google+

Users have created a community called Google+ Mass Migration, where members are evaluating different alternatives.

MeWe

MeWe is the Next-Gen Social Network that actually respects the privacy of its members. No Ads. No Spyware. No BS. Your world is #Not4Sale.

The popular suggestion seems to be MeWe, which is a relatively new platform. The developers are pretty responsive and they have already incorporated many features which are part of Google Plus, e.g. circles, collections and hashtag following.

mewe_android

MeWe even announced a tool to import your existing G+ data so that you can just start from where you left.

Tapatalk Groups

Tapatalk is a familiar name among users who prefer to browse internet forums from smartphone. Tapatalk can optimize the page contents for easier mobile viewing.

The company has launched Tapatalk Groups few days ago, and they are clearly targeting Google Plus users.

Tapatalk Groups is a free web and app community platform home to 70,000+ forums. Like Google+, we take care of all the forum infrastructure and are built on the Amazon Web Services platform. We provide a secure and scalable environment so you can focus on what you do best – building community and nurturing great discussions.

And Tapatalk Groups has built-in support of Google Connect so your existing identities and posts will be retained.

tapatalk_groups_g+

They also provide a G+ community migration wizard, but you need to apply first.

Google+ Exporter

Unlike the above two, this one is not a platform itself. Google+ Exporter helps you to export your Google Plus data in generic JSON format, or convert it to WordPress or Blogger compatible formats.

We’re introducing an application that will help you to export your Google+ feeds (profile, pages, collections, communities, including all comments) to Wordpress 4.x and 5.x backup, Blogger backup or a JSON file.

Afterwards, import the data to any WordPress instance or Blogger – you will have your own site with all old goodies.

google+_exporter

LifeCloud

LifeCloud is one click hosting provider, who also operates their own social media platform. They introduced Google+ Data Importer to provide the users a new home.

Google+ is shutting down in April, 2019, leaving a small window of time for its members to get all those years of posting downloaded and saved. Most of these will never be seen again! The Google+ Data Importer was created to give Life(cloud… pun intended) back to these communities.

google+_data_importer

pluspora and other decentralized platforms

With rising concerns about privacy, many users want to explore experimental decentralized social media platforms.

pluspora, which is a ‘pod’ or instance of diaspora* specially made for G+ users. There are other similar platforms, like MastodonHubzilla, FriendicaPleroma etc. Together with, they form The Federation, which acts like a massive conglomerate of these decentralized pods.

Fediverse is another such ensemble of federated platforms.

federation_fediverse
Image source: A quick guide to The Free Network by Sean Tilley

Some developers are trying to write an importer for Discourse, while Openbook developers dropped some sleek concept videos, including Google Plus import support.

Still not sure? Join here and take part in the ongoing discussion.

google+_mass_migration

Old school? Forums and IRC still exist alongside new players like Telegram and Discord.

Remember, the clock is ticking!

PiunikaWeb is a unique initiative that mainly focuses on investigative journalism. This means we do a lot of hard work to come up with news stories that are either ‘exclusive,’ ‘breaking,’ or ‘curated’ in nature. Perhaps that’s the reason our work has been picked by the likes of Forbes, Foxnews, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, Engadget, The Verge, Macrumors, and more. Do take a tour of our website to get a feel of our work. And if you like what we do, stay connected with us on Twitter (@PiunikaWeb) and other social media channels to receive timely updates on stories we publish.

Want to work for PiunikaWeb and enjoy best-in-industry compensation & benefits? You'll be glad to know we're hiring experienced candidates.

Tags :

Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.