[Publish] Update on Google+ shutting down

Buffer Publish no longer supports Google+. On January 25, 2019, all Google+ Profiles and Pages were removed, and it is no longer possible to publish to those channels through our tool.

At the beginning of 2018, Google ran a project to look at the operation of their privacy controls, platforms where users were not engaging with their APIs because of concerns around data privacy, areas where developers may have been granted overly broad access, and other areas in which their policies should be tightened.

On October 8, 2018, they announced that they would be shutting down Google+ for consumers. More recently, they announced that they would be ending support for all APIs on March 7, 2019 and calls (requests to the API) would start failing as early as January 28, 2019. They plan to fully shut down the service in April, 2019. This is earlier than Google had originally planned and shared, but with the discovery of a new bug, they decided to expedite the shut down.

Since we were keen to avoid a situation whereby posts started failing intermittently, we made the decision to officially cease support for Google+ on January 25, 2019. In preparation, we disabled the connection of new Google+ accounts on January 8, 2019.

We understand that changes like this can feel very disruptive, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Key dates:

  • January 8, 2019: Google+ Profiles and Pages can no longer be connected to Buffer Publish
  • January 25, 2019: Buffer Publish no longer supports Google+, and all Profiles and Pages that were already connected have removed
  • March 7, 2019: Google will be ending support for all Google+ APIs
  • April, 2019 (date TBC): Google will be completely shutting down Google+
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