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Google+ API / Developer information update
The G+ API Developer page at regarding the shutdown of the Google+ APIs has been updated on the 15th of January with additional information about the OAuth scopes.

It looks like the relevant information added is the following:
«Beginning March 7, all OAuth requests for scopes starting with "plus." (i.e. “”, "plus.login", "", etc) will fail upon request, and may start to intermittently fail as early as January 28, 2019.»

You can compare the previous version as archived by the #InternetArchive's #WaybackMachine at to the current version:
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Google Data Takeout: Collections & Communities items got suffixed with 'Metadata'?
Is it me, or did they recently add the 'Metadata' suffix to the descriptions of the Google+ Communities and Google+ Stream Collections items?
I'd say that that is an indication that they aren't planning on providing a complete, portable, export of either of those items.
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Other Social Network Presences:
With Google+'s imminent shutdown¹ (April 2019), it's time to light a #SignalFlare ² and share links to other social networks I have some form of online presence at.

My primary online profile will always be available from: This currently links to my Google+ profile, but in the future will either link to an overview page, or probably to my #Mastodon account.

#Mastodon ³ is an #ActivityPub-based #decentralized #shortform status updates network similar to Twitter, though with a more pleasant atmosphere and an increased status message length of 500 characters. Currently this is the place (apart from G+) where I'm the most active.
Profile page:

#Diaspora ⁴ is a #decentralised #longform status/blog updates network similar to Google+ with a wide variety of instances (called 'pods'). Years ago I picked the pod, and while I haven't really posted actively there, I still have an account there, which might see more activity after Google+'s demise.
It uses its own 'diaspora' protocol.
Profile page:

#Friendica ⁵ is a #longform social network that places itself in between the #Fediverse (Mastodon, GNU Social, pleroma, et al) and #Federation (Diaspora, Socialhome, et al), allows communication between both.
I recently created a profile there to test it out, but since most of my free time goes into developing #PlexodusTools ⁶, I haven't had time to use it more actively.
Its interface and feature set appeals to me though, especially since it allows for communication with both the Fediverse and the Federation.
I've picked the Libranet instance:
Profile page:

While #GitHub ⁷ is not really a social media network, but rather a #development publication platform based around the #git #VCS (Version-Control-System), it is a good place to keep up to date with the projects I'm involved in.
Username: FiXato
Profile page:

#Steam ⁸ is an online game store which also offers limited social network aspects such as chat and leaving messages on one's wall. Not really active much atm, but if I know you well enough, feel free to send me a friend request.
Username: FiXato
Profile page:

#Blogger ⁹ (also known as #Blogspot in some territories) is Google's blogging platform.
I have 2 blogs on it, though neither have had activity for quite some time.
Ramblings of a Coder:

Other profiles:
I'll try to keep my Google+ About Me page up to date with other profiles, though it also contains a lot of legacy profiles that I no longer keep updated: and click on "About" and scroll down to the Links section.
(Unfortunately there's no direct link to this About overview anymore)
Of course I'll also try to keep this SignalFlare post up to date, as it will be pinned to my profile, and will likely be reshared using the #SignalFlare hashtag on every first day of the month till GPlus shuts down.

Relevant links:
¹ Google's Blog: Google+ Expedited Shutdown:
² +John Lewis public request for using #SignalFlare posts to announce your alternative social media profiles:
³ Mastodon's primary project page, JoinMastodon:
⁴ Diaspora Foundation project home:
⁵ Friendica project home:
⁶ Plexodus-Tools project page, my own open-source WIP tool for processing Google+ Takeout archives:
⁷ GitHub:
⁸ Steam online game store: and its community site:
⁹ Blogger, Google's blogging platform:

#GooglePlusExodus #Plexodus #GooglePlusMigration #GPlusExodus #GPlusMigration
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