This is more than anyone wants to know, but I'm posting it for the record.
For the past few years I've used online services to forward my G+ posts automatically to Twitter. Starting today, I'll no longer do that. When I want to repeat the gist of a G+ post on Twitter, I'll tweet it manually.
The old system created three kinds of problems. First, every G+-to-Twitter service I tried was occasionally down or broken. Second, even when they worked, they only forwarded my posts after unpredictable delays. Sometimes the delay was so long that I thought the service was down and manually tweeted a version of a post, only to see the forwarded version arrive a bit later. Then I looked like an idiot who tweeted the same message twice in a row. This happened with my last three public G+ posts, and triggered my decision to pull the plug. Third, it cramped my style, and made me worry about how my G+ posts would look when truncated into tweets. It also prevented me from composing tweets to take best advantage of the character limit.
Over the years I've used several G+-to-Twitter services. The most recent was Friends+me. An earlier one used a two-stage mashup, first converting my G+ posts to an RSS feed, through Gplusrss, and then converting the RSS items to tweets, through Feedburner.
I still like G+ better than Twitter and will use it when I have more than a tweet's worth to say. But Google has been making G+ less and less friendly to individual authors like me, as opposed to communities and collections, and may change that.
Related: About a month ago, the number of my Twitter followers exceeded the number of my G+ followers. (I wish it were the other way around.)
If you follow me on G+, thank you and please stick around! On Twitter I'm @petersuber.
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But in fact I'm not much worried about G+ data loss. Even if Google drops G+ (which I'm NOT predicting), I suspect it will keep it or an archive of it online. The rationale for doing so would be very close to the rationale for hosting Google-digitized books (even though the digitization itself has stopped), the rationale for hosting and growing the Google Cache, and its rationale for saving Usenet and converting it to the first generation of Google Groups.
BTW, I was not trying to persuade anyone to leave G+. On the contrary, I'd like to persuade more people to come, or stay, and persuade Google to show its earlier enthusiasm for improving it.