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Ferdinand Zebua
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Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte and Carl Weathers join the cast of The Mandalorian. Details here

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The Plexodus is Two Months Old

And it's just been shortened by twice that: Google have chopped four months off the schedule, rather than 8 months remaining, we have slightly under 5.

I'd been planning on a rather different update report, that all changed a few minutes ago when I saw Google's latest (and only substantive) update on the G+ sunset moving the sunset date up four months from August to April 2019.

So rather than give a rundown of what's what, here's what you should be doing now.

We've updated the suggested migration schedule:

Oct 2018 - Dec 2018: Coordination, planning, and exploring alternatives.
Jan 2019 - Feb 2019: Execution.
Mar 2019 - Apr 2019: Re-establishing community.
May 2019 - ∞: Assessment of migration, rebuilding and expanding.

First: Wrap up your preliminary planning and exploration within the next week or so. What you know now is all you will know.

Plan on migrating in January - February 2019. The earlier the better.

Pick a migration platform which exists, and is stable, now. Not something still in development. This means that options such as Openbook and Solid are strongly discouraged as primary destinations. They simply won't be ready in time.

A simple tried-and-true solution is probably best for now. I've been recommending especially for G+ Communities creating a mailing list, Groups (on Yahoo or Google), or a subreddit. Two of these are likely better than any one. Keep in mind that mailing lists give you direct access to membership lists, Reddit does not. These don't have to be your final destination, but should be your current destination, of you've not otherwise selected one.

There is a Plexodus subreddit. It's been a fairly quiet mirror of many of the articles posted to G+MM and some original content. Please consider joining this for continued updates.

Generate a Google+ Data Takeout NOW. The process is broken and complicated and the archives are large. I really wish we had something better, or that Google were communicating on tools, methods, and storage. They're not. If you are planning on keeping or think you might want to keep Google+ content, save it NOW.

This link will pre-select all your G+ data sources:,circles,stream,plus_one,profile

Use the down-caret to select JSON format for Circles and Stream data.

If you run a Google+ Community: The Friends+Me archiver seems to be your best bet at producing a full Community archive. It costs $20 for an unlimited request and relies on Google+ APIs which will be shut down within 90 days.

Again: Make your archives NOW.

I don't know anything more than what Google have publicly announced, and that's far less than I'd hoped they'd provide. Information is as accurate as possible but may contain errors, check comments and updates for any corrections.

The one-month status report:

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