Things you should miss after Google+ shutdown
Google+ or Google Plus is an Internet-based social network owned and operated by Google. Google Plus launched in June 2011 in an attempt to challenge other giant social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
It's designed to link Google's products like YouTube. The service, Google's fourth foray into social networking, experienced strong growth in its initial years, although usage statistics have varied, depending on how the service is defined.
Google announced that the product consumers know as Google Plus - its attempt to best Facebook and Twitter at social networking - will go quietly into that good night this August. The Google+ developer API was collectively shut down on March 7, 2019.
Until the tech giant integrates portions of Google+ into its business enterprise offerings, as it has said it will do, below are the Google+ things that communicators might miss.
Let's see it -
A Google+ User profile is a publicly visible account of a user that is attached to many Google properties. It includes basic social networking services like a profile photo, about section, cover photo, previous work, and school history, interests, places lived and an area to post status updates. It also includes several identity service sections, such as a contributor and other profiles area that let one link their "properties across the web". These sections optionally link to other social media accounts one has, any blogs one owns or have written or sites one is a contributor to.
In the "Stream", which occupies the main portion of the page, users see updates from those in their Circles and posts in Communities they have joined. There is a compose button which allows users to create a post. Along with the text entry field, there are icons to upload and share photos and videos and create a poll. The Stream can filter to show only posts from specific Circles.
The privacy setting allows users to disclose certain information to the circles of their choice. Users can also see their profile visitors.
Google+ gives you great control over your messages. You can delete message threads, individual messages, and block trolls with the greatest of ease. You can't do any of this effect on any of the other major social networks.
Circles make it easy to organize your connections based on familiarity and interest. The user interface for adding connections to circles is intuitive and easy.
The navigation bar looks simple on the surface, but it’s actually quite useful and powerful. When you click on the notification button, you get an interactive menu of the latest activity on your account, helping you stay fully engaged on G+.
In your Google Account settings, they have a section called Data Liberation. Google lets you save a backup of your photos, profile information, contacts, circles, stream posts, and Buzz posts to your computer.
Google+ was a critical component of Google Authorship which for about a year was used as an SEO ranking signal. Authorship allowed you to link your content across the Internet, letting Google know what content you had created and it also provided an author picture right in the search results, which was an effective way of standing out.
A Google+ Hangout refers to either video or text chats that you can host or participate in with multiple people at the same time. Think of a hangout like an instant chat room that you control. Creation of hangouts allows you to schedule online group events, such as a live Q&A session, that allows multiple people or entire groups to participate.
Google My Business
Google My Business is a local business listing page that’s perfect for local businesses. They allow you to display reviews, photos, key business information like opening times and contact details, as well as displaying a fully integrated Google location map. This provides you with another customer touch point and is also great for SEO as it helps you to enhance your visibility in search results and to drive traffic.
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