Google recently announced their plans to advance the shutdown process of their social platform Google+. Citing low user adoption and a major data breach revealed in October, Google will close down their attempt at a Facebook replicate in April 2019 instead of August as they originally planned.
If you utilized this platform in your marketing as a business or franchise, you may have a wealth of data collected since its inception 7 years ago. Fear not, however, because there is a way to export and save the information you’ve shared.
Beginning Your Google+ Data Export Process
First, you’ll need to visit takeout.google.com and log into your Google account. Once logged in, you will see this.
Selecting the Data You’d like to Export
Next, you have the choice to select the data you want to export from your Google account. This includes every facet of your Google account, not just the information from your Google+ account. If you plan on solely exporting your Google+, we recommend unselecting all of the preselected fields with the “select none” button at the top, then scrolling down and toggling on just the Google+ specific options.
Your options for Google+ data include +1s, circles, communities, your stream, profile, hangouts, and hangouts on air.
Narrowing Down Datasets
You have the option to narrow down these data sets even more if you click the arrow next to the toggle. This allows you to choose between exporting all the data, or select sets.
Customizing the Archive Format
This is the last step in the Google+ data export process.
Here, you are able to select the type of file you’d your data formatted in as well as how you would like it delivered. You have the option to download your data as an attachment, emailed, or saved to a cloud service such as Dropbox.
Once you hit “Create Archive,” you’re all set! You have now successfully exported your Google+ data and are all set once the platform meets its end this April 2019.