This Is Act Fast if You Don’t Want Your Google+ Posts Publicly Archived
Google+ gets the ax on Apr 2, but a few of your old posts can be sticking around–whether you would like them to or not. In an effort to preserve internet content, the Internet Archives and ArchiveTeam create digital backups of web sites along with other online content that could otherwise be lost to time, along with their second job is the preservation of Google+.
A latest Reddit article information both groups’ plans to store publicly posted material on Google+, as well as details on how volunteers may help.
For some this can be great news sure, the overall consensus is that Google+’s demise is overdue, nevertheless a little, dedicated user base has persisted till the bitter end. For them, the archival work ensures that the heritage of their most favored social network will live on.
For others, news that Google+ content will be sticking around may not be as welcome, but particularly if you assumed older Google+ posts you don’t even wish to be remembered would silently disappear when the ceremony is shuttered next month.
Whilst the team working to preserve Google+’s content may ’t save everything–private or formerly deleted posts can’t be obtained, posts with over 500 comments will only be preserved in truncated form, and also publicly shared images will be stored at lower resolutions–the procedure for archiving people Google+ posts has already begun, so you’ll have to act rapidly. Here’s just how to make sure any people Google+ posts don’t get archived, and also how to get rid of them if there.
The method to prevent Google+ posts from being archived
The very best method to ensure your people Google+ content is fully gone completely is to delete your account.
Sign into the Google Account connected to the Google+ profile you would like to delete
Open Google+ (you can also do this with the application’s widget or simply by clicking on your Google profile image then clicking on “Google+ Profile” while on any Google web application or page like Google Drive, YouTube, etc..)
From the Google+ page, click Settings from the menu on the left
Scroll down to the very bottom and click “Publish Google+ Profile”
You’ll be asked to input your Google account password
Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the profile deletion
Deleting your Google+ profile will not delete your Google account, YouTube account/channels, or affect any other Google services. It’ll only remove your Google+ account.
Nevertheless, if you’d rather not delete your Google+ account completely, you can instead try to manually delete some people posts/info before The Web Archives and ArchiveTeam get to it.
To delete a post, you need to be signed into your Google+ account, then on the post(s) you want to delete, then click the 3 stacked dots “more” icon and then click “Publish. ” You could make changes to your profile info by clicking on “Edit Profile” by your profile page.
Fair warning: It’s not guaranteed that either of the above steps will prevent your public posts from being archived, since it’s possible the archival team’s algorithms may have gotten to them before you did, and your profile will be archived if you don’t delete it entirely. If that’s the case, you can still get those removed:
Search for your Google+ profile’s URL using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to see if any of your old posts are available. You can also do the same for a specific post’s URL as well.
If anything you wish to be removed has made its way onto the Internet Archive’s database, you can use the page removal request form to request the content be taken down.