Google+ Closes: 16 More Social Media Sites [to Make You Happy in 2022]

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googleplus folds

Goodbye GooglePlus.

Many 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 GooglePlus await you.

These GooglePlus 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 GooglePlus.

On the other hand, I believe all of these would make a fine GooglePlus replacement. I should know since I use them all.

Let’s dive in and explore alternatives to GooglePlus.

GooglePlus folds, 13 alternatives

What was GooglePlus?

(Also known as, “What was Google+?)

GooglePlus was Google’s social media site. 

What was GooglePlus used for?

The platform was organized around niche-based groups. Like-minded individuals could find each other. For instance, there were political groups. GooglePlus had groups about photography as well. Really, any type of content you could imagine– there was a GooglePlus community for it.

Also, people needing information could find answers by going to the applicable group. 

For instance, when I had a question about WordPress, I went to the WordPress group, posed my question, and someone would respond with the answer.

People ask if Google will replace GooglePlus with another social media site. I keep reading that the answer is “yes.” First, I heard it was going to be called “Shoelace.” Then, I heard it was going to be called something else. 

At the time of this writing in August of 2020 GooglePlus has not released another social media site. 


October 2021

On Monday, October 4, Facebook went down. Since Facebook keeps stopping, people speculate more social media sites will be developed that serve Facebook’s purpose. Since both the communications and ecommerce sectors were crippled, at this time, there is no viable Facebook alternative.

There have been more 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

When I first started blogging almost 4 years ago, I enjoyed using GooglePlus.
I enjoyed the feeling of community the GooglePlus groups gave me.
I met new friends from all walks of life tied by a common thread– a love of blogging.
I promoted my posts on GooglePlus which has the potential to boost blog traffic.
My friends often promoted my posts and expert interviews in which I took part there. Their support further cemented our friendships.
Additionally, I was able to promote in GooglePlus groups which had the potential to attract targeted traffic. GooglePlus had all sorts of groups. I recall groups about technology, politics, and WordPress just to name three.
I say “recall” since I hadn’t been to GooglePlus in an extremely long time.
Apparently, neither had many people since the site announced its impending closure on October 8.
GooglePlus announced the site will close its doors come August of 2019.
Another reason actually precipitated the site’s imminent closure: a data breach involving 500,000 people.
Reactions on Twitter to the news of GooglePlus folding varied:
Google has apparently announced they are shutting down  leading thousands to ask the important question “Google+ was still around?”

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.

So GooglePlus is dead now? ?☠️

The news that Google is shutting down 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.

? More like

The 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.???


At the end of this article, you will be able to promote your posts to 13 free social media sites and social bookmarking sites.


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


September 2020 Update: At KWFinder, a keyword research tool, I discovered that the keyword “Flipboard” only gets 10 searches per month. Clearly, interest in this once popular site has dramatically decreased. 

Is Instagram growing? Is the sky blue? Do people need air to breathe?
Check out these statistics from September of this year:
According to, “For the last 4 years, Instagram enjoyed a skyrocketing growth, from 90 million users who used the app each month back in 2013 to 700 million that use the app in 2017.”
In a recent interview about the best social media apps, 50 social media experts were asked, “Which social media app is the best?” Twelve either picked Instagram or mentioned Instagram in their response.
Consider these comments I put on Quora when someone asked if Instagram is losing popularity:
Instagram has become a marketer’s playground. More and more people sponsor Instagram posts and Instagram gives thanks to those marketers with a boost in visibility. Win-win.


In contrast, according to Neil Patel, TikTok has yet to become a marketer’s playground since the site is still so new.

Although Gary V predicted Instagram’s growth would stabilize in 2020 due to the newness of TikTok, I heard Instagram is still growing.”



In September of 2019, LinkedIn reported having 562 million users with 40% of that number active daily.
UPDATE: LinkedIn now has 722 million users. The social media site for professionals is helping people get back to work during the pandemic.
There are many ways you can get exposure to your content on LinkedIn. One of those is to write an original blog post at LinkedIn.


A Quora user observed Twitter’s growth has sky-rocketed since 2016 when Donald Trump became U.S. President.
I have not verified this information. However, Twitter vacillated about removing Trump’s tweets the site deemed inappropriate and leaving them there since he is the leader of the free world. 
In more recent months, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey decided to fact check. Therefore, more of Trump’s tweets are removed than before the policy started.


GooglePlus Closes 13 Alternatives
If you click the “Interaction” tab at Viral Content Bee, you’ll see who interacted with your content by sharing it.

UPDATE Bonus Tip: MeWe

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.

MeWe is gaining in popularity since the 2020 Presidential Election. As Facebook users leave Facebook, they are flocking to MeWe and the now offline social media site Parler. More information and a tutorial can be found here: MeWe Review.

UPDATES: Clubhouse

April 2021

Despite continuing enthusiasm for Clubhouse, predictions are dim for the new site that I indicated might be one of the replacements for GooglePlus.

Many “copycat” sites with audio conversations are popping up including Twitter Spaces. Although, Neil Patel and Eric Sui indicated people aren’t coming up with new things to say at Clubhouse, and they repeat themselves often.

January 2021

A new social media site, Clubhouse, began. Clubhouse is for iOS users. The social media app is different than other social media sites. 

When people network on Clubhouse, they talk out loud as opposed to in writing.

I heard becoming addicted to Clubhouse is easy. Neil Patel reported that people spend seven hours a day there.

You need to be invited to join Clubhouse. Since I haven’t yet been invited, this information is second-hand.

Clubhouse has rooms based on topics. You can even have an Ask Me Anything room.

I downloaded the app and made an account. At the time of this writing, I haven’t heard back from the site. Watch this space as more information becomes available to me.

November 2020

Update 1

In the October 2020 update to this post, I mentioned Parler is not a viable GooglePlus alternative. 

Perhaps I better rethink what I wrote.

Since the U.S. Presidential election on November 3, 2020, Parler has been downloaded more than any other app in the world. 

Politically-minded Facebook groups that leaned right are leaving Facebook and looking for a new social media home. Conservative groups are leaving Facebook and flocking to the MeWe social media site (reviewed in this article) and Parler instead. 

In the October 2020 update to this post, I recommended you stay away from Parler due to its lack of censorship. 

Optimists speculate when the political furor dies down, Parler might be an acceptable social media site to frequent. UPDATE: Parler went offline on January 10, 2021.

November 2020 Update 2

On Quora, I was asked which is a bigger site Twitter or Tumblr. After speculating the answer is Twitter, I conducted research.

According to Statista, Tumblr has a user base of 171.5 million users. Statista called this a “relatively low reach” compared to other social media sites.

In contrast, Twitter has a user base of 330 million. 

October 2020

Social media sites that are not viable GooglePlus alternatives:

I reviewed Huddol, a new social media site, but there doesn’t seem to be any hype about Huddol that I’ve heard of, so I assume the user growth is not rising at numbers high enough to report.

Parler is also a new social media site. I do not recommend Parler as a GooglePlus alternative due to the reports of racist content being left on Parler. This is by design. The social media platform is based around the belief in free speech.


UPDATE January 2022

Podcasters observed the TikTok community is full of engaged commenters. After spending two months at TikTok, I can attest to its truth.

UPDATE November 2021

I finally jumped on the TikTok bandwagon and despite my erroneous belief that TikTok is just for teenagers, I am loving it. 

Two years after its inception,TikTok continues to thrive especially after the 2020 lockdown which people spent watching short videos like the kind you see on TikTok.

September 2020

In August, I reported Trump’s plans to ban TikTok in the U.S. stopped me from listing Tik Tok as a social media site on the rise. 

There’s been an update to this situation: After it looked like Microsoft would buy TikTok, Oracle is going to be the new owner of TikTok. 

Tik Tok is definitely on the rise! According to the site, there are 100 million monthly users of Tik Tok in the U.S. alone. The company reports the Tik Tok app has been download 2 billion times. 

August 2020

I had a blogging friend so disappointed over StumbleUpon’s closure, he vowed to take over StumbleUpon and bring the defunct app back to life. 

StumbleUpon was such a major source of traffic for bloggers, the return of StumbleUpon would have been well-timed considering GooglePlus folded. 

However, he shared his plans for StumbleUpon’s return years ago. Since I never heard more, I have to assume he dropped his plans to bring back StumbleUpon. 

You might wonder why I am not including TikTok in this post as a rising social media site. As of this writing, U.S. President Donald Trump implemented plans to ban TikTok in the United States.

June 2020

According to the Marie Haynes podcast, Google is developing a new social media site similar to Pinterest called “Keen.” According to Haynes, Google likes the way the site is collected at Pinterest and wants a comparable site that improves users’ ability to search. 

Related Reading: If you need a Pinterest refresher, you will find one here: Is Pinterest social media?

May 2020

Since the publication of this article, many new social media sites started. 

For example, the social media site Huddol places an emphasis on personal growth and development. 

Here is more information about Huddol if you’re interested.

In addition, new social media sites began that pays its members. For example, WebToons is a social media site for cartoonists. At WebToons, users can sponsor their art. 

Here is more information about websites that provide social pay if you’re curious.

 AUGUST 2019

WebTalk, a new social media site, pays its members. 

Wrapping Up: Alternatives to GooglePlus

Readers, please share. This way, if bloggers haven’t heard GooglePlus folded, they’ll know. In addition, when you share this post, people will have many social media sites they can still use for blog promotion.

UPDATE: October 2019

How have you been doing since the Google Plus shutdown? Were 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.

  1. Ryan Biddulph

    With Google Plus closing Janice I am more on Twitter these days. I love the network. Plus the meteoric growth you detail shows me I’m on the right track. Win-win scenario. Instagram has super engagement and I am happy to see you mentioned Viral Content Bee too.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ryan,
      I am also enjoying Twitter. Between the camaraderie and the potential for blog promotion, Twitter can’t be beat. Thanks for writing.

  2. Jennifer Dagi

    Wow! I’m lucky I’ve been promoting most of my content on Pinterest and I’m really seeing results in traffic.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jennifer,
      Great to see you! Thanks for writing. You are definitely lucky. I feel for people that only used Google+ for blog promotion. I am glad you’re seeing results on Pinterest. What niche are you in? I always feel Pinterest lends itself more to certain niches.

  3. Thabo

    Hello Janice,
    A good friend of mine were just discussing the fact that Google was shutting down Google+ and he wanted to know my thoughts about it. This is not usual. We look at each other’s websites all the time and give feedback that can be helpful. Occasionally when something that we both use or have used is in the news we message each other for reaction. In any case, we were both wondering what we could use as an alternative. Thanks to you we both have good options to choose from. I’ll send him this link just as soon as I am finished posting my comment. Thanks for sharing.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Thabo,
      I am so glad my publication of my list of alternative social media sites is timely for you and your friend. Thanks for sharing my GooglePlus alternatives list.

  4. Anyaogu Ikechukwu

    For some, it’s really a bad news. While for others, it’s a great opportunity to make more money.

    I have really been absent on google plus, now its dead, I have to look for other platforms.

    Cool content though

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Anyaogu,
      Thanks for the compliment on my content. I hope my post gave you other platforms to promote on.


    Hi Janice,
    This is indeed a shocking news to many of its users. Though it’s a bit painful action from Google, I am not surprised as it’s not the first time that they are doing such things to its users!

    In fact, they killed 20+ products and services. (I have posted an article on this subject on my website under the title “A sad demise in the family of Google…) so far.

    Earlier when they decided to kill a prestigious platform named Knol they announced it almost 6 months before and the users could migrate their resources to other different platforms and we could save most of our resources.

    Anyways your alternative to Google plus is worth notable and few of them I am already using it.

    But I would like to add a wonderful new platform it this list it is called Webtalk.

    The unique feature of this platform is that it share a major amounts of its earnings to its members in a unique way.
    It is now in its beta stage and of you join now thou will enjoy the life time benefits offered by this platform.

    It’s now accepting members on invitation only. I have posted an article on my page and you can have my invitation link from there.

    Thanks for sharing these valuable information.

    Keep sharing.

    Best Regards

    ~ Philip

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Philip,
      Thanks for telling us about Webtalk. Thanks to my use of CommentLuv, we can see the link to your post.
      The article you referenced about the “demise” of Google products: You’re welcome to return with the link if you like. People interested in this topic might want to see it. Thanks for commenting.

    • Janice Wald

      Did you use the GooglePlus Communities? Is that why you are disappointed? Happily, it’s not closing for another 10 months.

  6. Jerry Peri

    Thanks for the useful information, I also used Google+! It’s unfortunate it has to close down.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jerry,
      Great to see you. I’m glad the information I shared was useful for you. I figured a lot of people didn’t know GooglePlus was folding.

  7. Vishwajeet Kumar

    Hello Janice,

    Google is already stop updating features of Google+ in past few years. It is a already a dead product from Google. Users Data breach and lack of user engagement is the reason behind shutting down of Google+. However, I see Pinterest is a great alternative to it. I am recently start using it and get some good results from it. Thanks for sharing the update.

    Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Vishwajeet,
      Many people here are recommending Pinterest as an alternative traffic source. I’m glad to hear. With all the algorithm changes, people are finding it difficult to generate Pinterest traffic. Maybe that’s changing.

  8. Alice V

    I agree, don’t use Google + but had it because…well…IDK! So it doesn’t bother me that it’s going away. I’m still sad about StumbleUpon because I actually got so much traffic from it. I barely get anything from Mix. I did apply for a publisher account on Flipboard and I started contributing to HubPages. Hope some of these pan out for me.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Alice,
      I found Hubpages frustrating. How are you finding it? I have a Flipboard account. What is a “publisher account?”
      As far as my feelings about GooglePlus: Although I hadn’t used it in a long time, I am sentimental because it’s the end of an era.

  9. Janice Wald

    Hi Jeanette,
    Many of the commenters here are recommending Pinterest as an alternate way to get blog traffic. May I ask why you “highly dislike” Twitter?

  10. Anil Agarwal

    Hi Janice, excellent topic to write about.

    I too personally loved G+ and used to show it in my social sharing buttons (I only show 3 social sharing buttons on my blog posts and G+ is one among them), but now with the demise of G+, there are so many fans who are going wild on sites like Twitter.

    The biggest con of trying to build your network around these platforms is this: you never know when they will be out of business.

    So always make sure to give your visitors a way to sign up for your email list by offering freebies so you can build and grow your list from day 1 which can be useful for you to make money in the long run. And don’t forget to start networking with influencers in your field if you want to build your personal brand.

    Thanks for sharing the great alternatives to G+ Janice, much appreciated.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Anil,
      I appreciate you commenting on my post.
      Many people use the GooglePlus social sharing button; I see it around the internet. “Another one bites the dust,” to quote the lyrics from a Queen song.
      I’m sure Twitter and the others I’ve mentioned will see a boost in growth since GooglePlus is closing.
      If they can stand the test of time, I say, “Good for them.”
      However, like you say, bloggers should not put all their eggs in one basket since you don’t know who will still be here tomorrow.

  11. Hugh

    So another social media site bites the dust, Janice. To be honest, I always found Gooogle+ a bit of a ghost town, although I did get some traffic from it. I was surprised that Mix.Com is not on your list. Have you given up on it already? I know it’s in its early stages, but referrals from it are only trickling in despite me using it every day.
    For me, Twitter, Flipboard and Search Engines continue to bring me in the most traffic.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Hugh!
      Hi Hugh,
      I agree with your description of Google+– a ghost town feeling indeed. Perhaps this isn’t surprising considered it’s closing.
      Regarding Mix: You said it, “Referrals from it are only tricking.” I also use Mix consistently but haven’t seen much traffic from it.
      Twitter and Flipboard were on my list of recommended GooglePlus alternative websites. Search engines, of course, wouldn’t qualify as social media.
      Thanks for commenting on my article.

  12. Steve Clark

    Google have some history with shutting down services. I still enjoy G+ as there are people there I find interesting. It’s the people that really matter with any social platform. I’ll miss it.

    These days I’m mostly on Steemit. That also has a good community, although it’s fairly small. I’ve made some good money there, but it’s fun too. I’ll be attending their conference in Poland next month, all paid for with my earnings. Steemit is by no means perfect, with various scams and abuse going on, but I still see it as one of the few places where anyone can earn something. It will get interesting if it can grow to many millions of active users.

  13. Ashish

    Hey Janice,

    Well, Google+ was never a big deal even when it was initially launched. I still remember getting the invite to actually try it and my first impression was like MEH!

    There was another report which revealed that Higher officials and Google+ has stopped using it like 3 years ago.

    Thank you for providing awesome alternatives. Viral Content bee and Steemit were the only networks I had not heard about.

  14. branding Calgary

    Website building is really a good way to make your business grow. A wider market will definitely boost your company.

  15. Pamela

    I never seemed to get much feedback from Google+ so its demise is fine with me, especially since the news of their data breach. I’m sorry for the folks here that used and enjoyed it.

    I use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, as well as my website.

  16. Alexa

    While your post is filled with suggestions, one was omitted. One that is very close to the same format / layout as G+. I speak of MeWe, of course. It was one of the first I found in many searches for a viable and Net-worthy replacement to our G+ pages. Some of the SNs mentioned above don’t really add up to a full-blown social media outlet. When you produce some of the highest quality images from around the world, SMALL or SQUARE ain’t gonna cut it. Full engagement posts with our audience is also a factor, so tiny tweets of xxxx characters won’t either. Still, your suggestions have given me the energy to search for at least 2 more FULL-blown social network services just like MeWe, which is growing rapidly worldwide. Check it out, it has some really great features – and they accept new feature suggestions for “US” the subscribers as well.

    • Janice Wald

      Thank you for coming by with your suggestion. I’ve never heard of it. If you’d like to write a guest post about this site, I will post it on my blog. You would be welcome.

  17. Martin Lindeskog

    What will happen with the Google+ groups after the summer in 2019?

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  19. Terence Boddicker

    G+ was by leagues the best platform as long as you weren’t there to promote commercial junk. I engaged with some of the most well known photographers on the planet; and I am not even a serious amateur. Where else can I go and hobnob with Nat. Geo. photographers just back from the upper Amazon? At any rate..

    Twitter sucks by comparison. It’s disturbingly tribal, whereas G+ was expansive and inclusive.

    I have been trying for months with a small group of G+ homeless to find adequate shelter, but it doesn’t look promising.

    Google should give the codebase away to a party that would use it constructively. What lots of people found less than intuitive, I and many others found not only easy to use, but unique.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Terrence,
      I read your comments a few days ago when they came in and have been thinking about them ever since. I wish I could recommend sites with groups comparable to Google Plus. Have you considered these?
      1. Facebook has niche specific groups. Type into the search bar groups + what you’re looking for such as photography.
      2. Triberr also has niche specific groups. If you want more info about Triberr, let me know.
      3. The new site MeWe is slow to gain traction, but it also has niche-specific groups and bills itself as a safer Facebook alternative. It also archived Google+’s data.

    • Janice Wald

      You inspired a blog post. May I ask what kind of photographer you are? Do you specialize? Thanks!

  20. Daisy

    I wish I had known before that MeWe had a solution for my old Google+ content. I just discovered MeWe last week, so am late to the party.

    First impressions are good though and am considering setting up a page there for my site. That’s how I found your site BTW.

    Love it and I’m off to read your post on Steemit. I don’t want to be late to that party either!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Daisy,
      I have continued to use MeWe since my review published. I’m glad first impressions are favorable and you have ideas for maximizing your use of the site. Did you happen to try Steemit? If so, what did you think of it?

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