It shut down April 2nd. I got word of this last fall. Google originally said they were going to keep it up for another year, but then chopped that timeline in half.
I’ve gotten used to the fact that many Google services are temporary. I had been on Google+ since 2012, it seems. Its best feature was its groups. It wasn’t as nice a platform as Facebook, and the groups I was interested in were not very active, but I had some of my best conversations on there. The experience was really great if I turned off G+’s ability to suggest other posts outside of my interests. There was quite a bit of “trash” on there that I just assumed ignore, and a nice thing about G+ is it allowed me to do that.
I’ve preserved most of my G+ posts on Mark’s favorites, a WordPress blog I set up out of frustration with Facebook many years ago. I’ve been using it as a “dumping ground” for stuff that’s had some interest for me, but I don’t think groups and people I’ve met on other social media platforms would care about.
I expect I’ll be posting most new stuff on here, and occasionally posting small items of interest on “Mark’s favorites”.