There have been two 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.
Next, GooglePlus now provides directions for saving your GooglePlus data.
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.