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Google is finally closing the social network it set up in an ill-fated attempt to take on Facebook, the company has confirmed. Google+ will be shut down for good in April, with all profiles and pages to be deleted on that day.

What is being deleted?

Any Google+ pages you created, as well as photos and videos stored in your Google+ album archive.

The deletion does not affect other Google services. Photos and videos stored in Google Photos, for instance, will not be affected. Your Google account, which is linked to services such as Gmail, YouTube and Maps, will continue to work, but your Google+ account, which was only used for the social network, will be deleted.

How can I tell if I have a Google+ account?

If you have an account, Google will email you – it may have already done so – telling you that “your personal Google+ account is going away on 2 April 2019”.

If you are still unsure, you can check at google  If you log in using your Google account details and still have a button on the left side of the screen that says “Join Google+”, then you are not a member of the social network and nothing will be deleted.

Why is Google doing this?

The company’s official explanation is that it decided to shutter the site “due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations”. Perhaps those “challenges” largely relate to a data leak in the social network that it discovered in March 2018 but did not disclose 

That leak “potentially affected up to 500,000 accounts”, allowing third-party applications to access information marked as private, although Google said it had found “no evidence that any profile data was misused”.

The company had initially planned to shut the social network down in August this year, but in November a bug that gave apps access to non-public information, and brought forward the shutdown to April.

I don’t care about Google+. What do I need to do?

Nothing. If you have a Google+ account but have never used it – which is easy, because for many years Google all but forced users to create an account to access common functions such as the ability to comment on YouTube videos – then you can sit back and let it be deleted in two months’ time.

I use Google+. How can I save my uploaded content?

First, I don’t believe you. Second, Google has a pageto download all your data from Google+, and upload it to a more widely used social network, or Myspace.

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