In October of 2018, Google announced that they would be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ "because of the significant challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations, as well as the platform’s low usage." This news came after two considerably large data leaks, putting their users at risk. The shutdown is officially set to occur in April of 2019, but Google will begin the process of shutting down their API the week of January 28, which means certain services will begin to fail at that time and then continue to do so through April.
Google+ shutting down will affect the Paper.li service in the following ways as of January 28:
- Paper.li users were able to search Google+ for public pages and for keywords, and add the results as sources for their paper. Searching for public pages and keywords (for the purpose of adding sources) will no longer be supported.
- Paper.li users and their readers were able to share papers using the Google+ button in the AddThis social sharing widget built into Paper.li papers. AddThis has since removed the Google+ share button from their widget in preparation for the shutdown, and so sharing papers to Google+ using the AddThis widget will no longer be supported.
- Paper.li users and their readers were able to share particular articles to Google+ using the social share button located beneath article titles. Sharing articles to Google+ via the article share button will no longer be supported.
While the loss of Google+'s integration into the Paper.li platform is unfortunate, we pledge to continue to work hard to add new features and new value to our service.