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Join me Sunday, October 21 for the premiere of my latest tutorial: How to turn Google+ Followers into YouTube subscribers

The video premiere is at 10AM Pacific Date Time, 6PM London Time, 4AM Sydney time (sorry). The video is short, but I'll be there before and after to chat about Google+ and YouTube live. Join me!

Click the bell to set a reminder: https://youtu.be/MnfUdR8JDTc

Update Thanks for watching the premiere live!

Check out my blog for a detailed tutorial
https://www.peggyktc.com/2018/10/turn-google-plus-followers-into-youtube-subs.html

Be sure to subscribe to my channel for more tips and updates!
https://www.youtube.com/c/peggyktc?sub_confirmation=1
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HootSuite support for Google+ ends January 28th

On January 28, authentication with Google+ will no longer be available. In Hootsuite, this means no longer being able to add or reconnect Google+ pages or profiles. Signing in to the dashboard and mobile app using the Google+ sign-in option will also intermittently fail starting January 28. Any messages scheduled to post to Google+ after January 28 could also fail to publish.

If you use Google+ sign-in for HootSuite, make sure you also have an email and password set so you can continue to sign in.

Note that this is related to the shutdown of the Google+ API on March 7th, with possible "intermittent failures" beginning January 28th.

Read the announcement from +Hootsuite
https://help.hootsuite.com/hc/en-us/articles/360014650613-End-of-support-for-Google-1-16-19

+Buffer is removing Google+ support on January 25th:
https://faq.buffer.com/article/1087-publish-google-plus-shutting-down

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Embed Google+ search streams in the new Google Sites

The original launch let you embed profile, page and community streams on your Google Sites site. Now you can also embed search streams, using simple keywords or advanced search operators.

Why do this? By embedding a stream from a Google+ search, you could embed posts from specific people, or you can embed a Google+ stream that aggregates posts from multiple G+ communities. Users will be able to see the content and interact with it if they choose.

This is rolling out to G Suite domains over the next 15 days. It might also be available to consumer accounts, but as consumer Google+ will be shut down in April, there isn't any reason to use it.

Learn how to embed Google+ streams an other content on Google Sites:
https://support.google.com/sites/answer/90569

Learn more about this update on the +G Suite updates blog:
https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2019/01/embed-google-plus-search-in-google-sites.html

The screenshot shows embedding a profile stream, since I don't have access to this update. You will be able to embed search streams the same way, by getting the URL of the search and entering it in the Embed URL box.
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Buffer removing sharing to Google+ on January 25th

+Google Developers announced the Google+ API will be shut down March 7th, but could start "failing intermittently" as early as January 28th. That's why Buffer is removing Google+ as a sharing option:

Since we are keen to avoid a situation whereby posts start failing intermittently, we have made the decision to officially cease support for Google+ on January 25, 2019. In preparation, we have now disabled new Google+ account connections.

Get all the details from +Buffer:
https://faq.buffer.com/article/1087-publish-google-plus-shutting-down

(via +Jaana Nyström)
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Official Google+ Moderators Community will be made inactive January 17th

It's no surprise that the Google+ Moderators Community will be closed to new members and new posts. Existing posts will still be available.

The Google+ Moderators Community was launched in October 2017 as a place for Google+ Community Moderators to discuss running Communities on Google+. With the shutdown of consumer Google+ scheduled for April, the Community no longer has a purpose.

If you are a Community owner, you should be considering where (and if) you want to move your community. There are many options out there from other social sites (like Facebook and MeWe), to self-hosted forums, to platforms like Google Groups, to group blogs.

Announcement:
https://plus.google.com/101377401059228002068/posts/ccHebURS9XV

About the Community: https://plus.google.com/101377401059228002068/posts/XPmR1pQHPeX
Closing Google+ Moderators

Moderators has been a wonderful community to develop and grow these past months, but it is now time for its journey to come to an end. We started this community to create a space for the community owners and moderators on Google+ to discuss common issues and collaborate. It has been so rewarding to see these discussions take place in Moderators, and we would like to thank each and every one of you for contributing to this community!

Moderators will be made inactive this Thursday, Jan 17. No new members will be accepted into our community and no new posts will be shared. All existing members will be marked as limited, which will allow you to access previous posts and conduct your data takeouts. While the community will remain visible to members, all new posts will be held for review and will not be published.

As you move forward with your transition off of G+, we encourage you to check out the resources available on Google+ Help Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/115758385206378551362

Thank you for all of your contributions to Google+ Moderators.
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G Suite 2018 highlight: "Bringing you flexible ways to collaborate"

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that we introduced more G Suite apps to help teams collaborate, including Hangouts Chat, an enterprise messaging app with built-in security that features threaded conversations to house your projects over time, as well as increased investment in Google+ for the enterprise.

2018 was the year of making business our business. Here are some top highlights from #gsuitehttps://goo.gl/d3f8kz
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The Google+ Aspire Community is now closed to new posts and new members

The Community and existing posts will still be available.
Closing Aspire

Aspire has been a wonderful community to so many of us, but it is now time for Aspire's journey to come to an end. Aspire was developed to expand the Google+ Collections Community, which was dedicated to helping users create high quality collections. We have seen so many important discussions take place in our community, and we have been fortunate to accompany your work and progress over time. You made this community a special place, so thank you all for contributing so much over the years.

Aspire will be made inactive today. No new members will be accepted into our community and no new posts will be shared. All existing members will be marked as limited, which will allow you to access previous posts and conduct your data takeouts. While the community will remain visible to members, all new posts will be held for review and will not be published.

As you move forward with your transition off of G+, we encourage you to check out the resources available on Google+ Help Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/115758385206378551362

Thank you for all of your contributions to Aspire. Aspire would not have been the same without you.
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How to migrate Google+ sign-in on your website to Google sign-in

Updated information for developers on migrating from Google+ sign-in to Google sign-in before the Google+ API is shut down on March 7th.

Get the details:
https://developers.google.com/identity/sign-in/web/quick-migration-guide

There is also a migration guide for Android
https://developers.google.com/identity/sign-in/android/quick-migration-guide
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The Google Discover feed on my phone includes some old articles that have not aged well

A lot can change in 8 months ...

On the plus side, it does seem to know my interests.
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Export your Google+ Community data and display the content via Firebase

Use +Romain Vialard's tutorial to retrieve data from your Google+ Community (posts, comments, +1), import them in a Firebase Realtime Database and display them using Firebase Hosting.

If you activate user authentication, all existing members of your community will be able to log in your Firebase app and reuse their G+ identity. For example, all posts they have “+1” will be correctly displayed.

This should also work for your personal profile posts and Collections.

He notes this method uses the Google+ API, which will start failing as soon as January 28, 2019, so best to try this sooner, rather than later.

Read the doc below for instructions.

What it looks like: this is the Google Apps Script community:
https://apps-script-community-archive.firebaseapp.com/
Don't want to lose the valuable content you have created in Google+?
Here's a tutorial to export all data from a G+ community and display it via Firebase.
Example with the Google Apps Script community:
https://apps-script-community-archive.firebaseapp.com/

If you are not satisfied by the exports available via Google Takeout, don't hesitate to try this solution - it should take you 15 min to trigger the export and you don't need to install anything on your computer. Plus it's free.

Note that this method uses the Google+ API, which will start failing as soon as January 28, 2019. So I would advise to try to export your data before this date.

Also note that you can use this tutorial to export all your posts - it is not specifically restricted to a community. Here's an example with my own profile:
https://romainvialard-public.firebaseapp.com/
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