Six months have passed since GooglePlus shut down.
Are you looking for a Google Plus alternative?
You’ve come to the right place (blog post).
13 sites like Google Plus await you.
These Google Plus alternatives are all still thriving.
However, you should note:
While I stand by the research presented in this article, many people insist only Instagram is on the road to the stars as far as growth.
According to these social media experts, Instagram is considered the best replacement for Google Plus.
On the other hand, I believe all of these would make a fine Google Plus replacement. I should know since I use them all.
There have been three updates to this situation since the original publication of this article.
First, GooglePlus announced its closing down four months ahead of schedule due to a second data breach. The site will forever close its doors this April of 2019.
Next, GooglePlus now provides directions for saving your GooglePlus data.
In addition, MeWe (added below as a Bonus Tip) is providing a way for GooglePlus users to upload their content directly onto MeWe.
And the main lesson for those end-users, like me, who invested thousands of hours helping to build services like Google+ and Google Reader? Never invest deeply in a platform that isn’t the primary focus of the company behind it.
The news that Google is shutting down
#GooglePlus is met with immense joy and sighs of relief from Social Media Professionals all across the industry who were only publishing on or monitoring the dead platform because it was a checkbox on an executive’s social strategy.
#GooglePlus data breach is not really a huge deal. No one uses the platform.
Google Is Shutting Down Google+ After Exposing Data Of Up To 500,000 Users. SHOCKING. Never Knew Google Plus Had 500,000 Users.
What is Social Media?
Social media websites are online communities where people interact. These communities encourage the sharing of information. According to Wikipedia, “User-generated content is the lifeblood of social media.”
What is Social Bookmarking?
Social bookmarking sites can be used to save entire articles. You “bookmark” those articles to find again later.
This post recommends using both social media sites and social bookmarking sites as alternatives to using GooglePlus to promote your content.
13 Social Media Sites You Can Use as Alternatives to GooglePlus
According to 2018 statistics, Hubshout reports 79% of everyone online still uses Facebook and 76% of Facebook users use Facebook daily. Despite its recent troubles, I also continue to use Facebook groups to promote my blog.
Viral Content Bee
According to TechCrunch.com, Snapchat reported growth in January of this year despite Snapchat’s online competition. Bloggers and marketers can use Snapchat to generate website traffic.
You can make money by using Snapchat as well as generate website traffic.
Quora is a question and answer site. I’m including it here since you can promote your content and interact with the site users. This was the criteria I shared above to be a social media site.
Is Quora growing? Definitely!
In January of this year, Quora boasted a 150% growth rate.
According to September 2018 stats, Reddit is continuing to grow. “Reddit has grown dramatically over the years. It has tens of millions of users, hundreds of thousands of subreddits, and it is always growing.”
Despite its reputation for considering bloggers spammers, it is possible to get the kind of blog traffic you want with Reddit.
Update Bonus Tip:
Since the original publication of this article, I discovered MeWe, a new social media site, which offers itself as a Facebook alternative for people concerned their data is getting sold.
UPDATE: AUGUST 2019
WebTalk, a new social media site, pays its members.
Wrapping Up: Alternatives to GooglePlus
UPDATE: October 2019
How have you been doing since the Google Plus shutdown? Where you able to transfer your Google Plus account to Mix?
Where do you promote? Where do you find groups with like-minded social media users? Please answer in the comments.
GooglePlus Closes: FAQ
Why is GooglePlus shutting down?
GooglePlus shut down due to poor management, a lack of focus, and several data breaches that occurred in 2018.
Are GooglePlus and GMail the same?
No. GooglePlus is a defunct social media site. GMail is an email service. Both are Google tools.
Which alternative to Google Plus will you pick? I look forward to your opinions in the comments section about the best Google+ replacement.