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Librarian and information literacy instructor
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Seems like a reasonable request to ask from +Google+.
A short open letter to Google on minimizing the damage of shutting down Google Plus

I'm one of many users not happy with your decision to shut down G+.
https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/

I don't expect you to reverse course on that decision. So I won't ask. Instead, I have two requests on how to minimize the damage to users like me, who have created a significant body of G+ posts over the years and shared the URLs widely.

1. Don't delete our posts. Stop us from adding new ones if you must, but don't delete the old ones.

I know we can export and save them, and I plan to do that.
https://9to5google.com/2018/10/08/how-to-download-google-plus-data/

But the exported copies will be offline, with no obvious way to put them back online in a form comparable to the original form.

It's hard to believe that Google is the company that heroically hunted down, preserved, and reposted all the original Usenet posts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet

Google wasn't even the creator or proponent-in-chief of Usenet. It's hard to believe that for posts to your own platform, you'd prefer deletion to preservation.

It doesn't have to be that way. At least do for G+ posts what you did for Usenet posts. Save them all, keep them online, and keep them readable, discoverable, and useful.

2. There are many ways to implement the first suggestion. If you consider taking the step at all, please consider a solution that doesn't break the URLs to the original G+ posts. Either keep the posts at the existing URLs, or create seamless redirects to the new online space where you archive G+.

As a variation on this theme, let us put all our G+ posts in our individual Google One accounts. Do it in a way that does not count against our memory quota. In that sense, treat these posts the way you treat Google Photos. Do it in a way that makes our public G+ posts automatically public, like public Google docs. Do it in a way that creates redirects from the original G+ platform. Make the migration a simple pushbutton operation.


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#googleplus #google+ #google
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Analog, although more cumbersome and costly than its digital equivalents, provides a richness of experience that is unparalleled with anything delivered through a screen. People are buying books because a book engages nearly all of their senses....A book can be bought and sold, given and received, and displayed on a shelf for anyone to see. It can start conversations and cultivate romances.
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On this day in 1665, The Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions, the world's first science journal, was published for the very first time. See our highlights from its first 250 years here: http://buff.ly/2mL60Ax
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Happy to see Dragons in the Stacks: A Teen Librarian's Guide to Tabletop Role-Playing win a Judgesā€™ Spotlight Award in the 2015 ENnies! Great advice for using games in programs, collections, and to meet learning objectives (and they're fun!).
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Can we just take a minute to appreciate the evolution of our book cataloging systems?
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Tabletop roleplaying games are set in a variety of genres and worlds. What are some of the most popular games in each? Where do some games fall short? Join us for a survey of various RPG genres, a discussion of high and low points, and a look at upcoming new games. Panelists include: Lowell Francis, Keith Mageau, Derek Stoelting.

http://www.rpggeek.com/vc14
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Check out your local library! Books, audio/ebooks, music, graphic novels, online full-text articles, quiet workspaces, some even have 3D printers. Best of all, experts to help you find what you need.
Do you love libraries as much as we do? The say what we're all thinking: http://bit.ly/1tHZPK4

Give a shout-out to your favorite libary or librarian!
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Kindle ebook at a discount or free when you buy the physical book, including books you have already purchased. The program starts in October.
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