Google Announces Shutdown Date for “+” API’s

Google, having already announced that it will shut down its heavily promoted but under-performing Google + social networking platform, has scheduled a date for that closure.

All Google API’s will be shuttered on March 7, 2019. Google is alerting developers of this date so that they can make the needed decisions on whether to close or modify their products that use those API’s. This change effects the consumer version of Google+ and not the enterprise version.

“This will be a progressive shutdown beginning in late January, so we are advising all developers reliant on the Google+ APIs that calls to those APIs may start to intermittently fail as early as January 28, 2019,” said a statement from Google.

Google says affected developers should receive an email from them on or around December 20, 2018 listing recently used API methods in their projects. Google states developers using those API’s should omit them from their projects whether they receive the notification or not.

Google+ was supposed to be an alternative to Facebook, but it never received the user adoption Google was hoping for.

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