First api’s Google+ will be released in late January

Dec

22

2018

Google has given some more information about the Google+ closure process. On January 28, 2019, developers can expect the very first api’s to stop working. Gradually, six are all closed and on 7 March that process will be complete.

Google reports that on its developer blog . Developers who use the Google + APIs also receive an e-mail with an overview of recently used api’s. The most commonly used api’s are REST, Web, Android sdk, Domains and Pages. In addition, Google + integrations for web and mobile apps are also closed , which will ensure that ‘+ 1’ buttons, sub-buttons and such like will no longer work and web pages may therefore have problems with functionality and layout.

Originally, Google planned to turn the consumer version of Google+ into black in August next year, but that process has also been speeded up. In April 2019, one month after the last api has been closed, the consumer version of Google+ itself must also be defunct. The enterprise version remains and is being developed even further.

The decision to close Google+ came after a privacy bug was discovered that allowed access to account data to developers from the outside. This was held for months under the cap by Google, for fear of reputational damage and because there was no evidence that the data was abused or that developers knew about the bug. This involved static, optional data such as name, e-mail address, work, gender and whether the person has a relationship.

Another reason for closing Google+ is that it turned out that the api’s were difficult to develop and maintain. Google also recognizes that the use by consumers and developers is very low.

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