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ArchiveTeam uploading of Google+ content to the Internet Archive


So it turns out that fetching data from Google was only part of the archiving process -- the other is sending that to the Internet Archive. That's what this image (and link to the tracker) shows. About 2/3 complete by my eyeballing here:

https://atdash.meo.ws/d/3-kDz8Emz/telegraf-aggregated-stats?orgId=1&fullscreen&panelId=9&from=now-15d&to=now

(That's going to be relatively current for the next day or so, given it's a relative date offset of about 15 days.)

I've also heard that the Communities fetch may not have been as successful as hoped. Again, that was intended to capture effectively the paginated views of G+ communities, though it was an additional goal, and started late in the process. The contents should (mostly) make their way to the Archive, but it may not be easy to navigate by Community there.

And there is an Archive Team Google+ Archive Collection at the Internet Archive which makes navigation a bit cleaner: https://archive.org/details/archiveteam_googleplus

#ArchiveTeam #GooglePlus #internetArchive #plexodus
 
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ArchiveTeam uploading of Google+ content to the Internet Archive


So it turns out that fetching data from Google was only part of the archiving process -- the other is sending that to the Internet Archive. That's what this image (and link to the tracker) shows. About 2/3 complete by my eyeballing here:

https://atdash.meo.ws/d/3-kDz8Emz/telegraf-aggregated-stats?orgId=1&fullscreen&panelId=9&from=now-15d&to=now

(That's going to be relatively current for the next day or so, given it's a relative date offset of about 15 days.)

I've also heard that the Communities fetch may not have been as successful as hoped. Again, that was intended to capture effectively the paginated views of G+ communities, though it was an additional goal, and started late in the process. The contents should (mostly) make their way to the Archive, but it may not be easy to navigate by Community there.

And there is an Archive Team Google+ Archive Collection at the Internet Archive which makes navigation a bit cleaner: https://archive.org/details/archiveteam_googleplus

#ArchiveTeam #GooglePlus #internetArchive #plexodus
 
Programming vs. Software Engineering? Or why I think that "Software Development" best captures the essence of what we do.

#gplusarchive #repost #bot #googleplus

Originally posted on Google+ on Sun Apr 15, 2012
 
Programming vs. Software Engineering? Or why I think that "Software Development" best captures the essence of what we do.

#gplusarchive #repost #bot #googleplus

Originally posted on Google+ on Sun Apr 15, 2012
 
Der Friedhof der Google-Produkte #Google #GooglePlus #Google
 

I was on This Week in Google!



Jeff and Stacey were missing. Leo was hosting. And Ant Pruitt and I were guesting. We talked about the history of Google+ (and also the fact that Google+ is now history). Plus, Google’s history of killing off products, China, NASA, podcasting, Cuba, Easter Eggs, Google I/O, Google Assistant, Android, YouTube, Firefox, Google Duplex, the Oscars, hack attacks, attempted hack attacks and more!

Watch here. Subscribe here.
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https://elgan.com/blog/i-was-on-this-week-in-google-1

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Markdown Quick Reference


There are some fun things you can do with Markdown formatting.

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Blockquote:
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You can nest your blockquotes.

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Tables:
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|strikethrough| `~~strikethrough~~` | ~~strikethrough~~ | 
|superscript| `^superscript^`| ^superscript^ | 
|links| `[Description]([url=https://example.com/]https://example.com/[/url])`|[Description]([url=https://example.com/]https://example.com/[/url])| 
|code|\``code`\`|`code`| 
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#markdown #quickGuide #tips #googleplus #newhere #formatting

Source: https://pastebin.com/raw/HiVi5cYS
 

For the Newbies: Markdown Quick Reference


My most popular Diaspora post to date has been my Markdown Quick Reference, which shows both the raw and formatted text for various Markdown features.

New arrivals from #GooglePlus and elsewhere may appreciate this.

(Posted as a link as I cannot reshare my own posts.)

#Markdown #Tips

https://joindiaspora.com/posts/54c680b0b40801366b870218b798024d
 

Friends+Me Google+ Exporter can still access images & video


If you're like me, well, first, my deepest sympathies, but you've used F+MGE to capture your posts and other text content, but were saving images for later, only to be caught by the Google+ shutdown.

Turns out that googleusercontent.com is still serving up those images (this may be data that's harder for Google to remove), so you can still fetch media content through Google+ Exporter.

Hop on that now if you're interested.

#GooglePlus #GplusRefugees #Plexodus #DataExport #FriendsPlusMe
 

Archive Team are 59% through their stretch goal of archiving G+ Communities


"Googleplus2" a/k/a G2 is a project to archive all public G+ community content. This was a "stretch" goal of the Google+ archiving project.

The tracker here shows the full project, there are 81,270 or so work sets of 100 communities, and as of a few moments ago, the project was at 59% complete, with about 6 hours left to run at present rates.

The contents should appear at the Internet Archive in about a month or so, it'll take time to move it all there.

Tracker status below:

https://tracker.archiveteam.org/googleplus2/

#googleplus #gplusrefugees #plexodus #archiveTeam #internetArchive
 
I'm just sitting here watching the smaps go round and round...

The Archive Team Google+ project tracker is smoking.

https://tracker.archiveteam.org/googleplus/

And it's got to go faster.

Grab a Warrior and pitch in if you can!

(Got bandwidth, storage, CPU, and modest l33t ski1z? You can help!)

https://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Warrior

#GooglePlus #GplusRefugees #Plexodus #ArchiveTeam #InternetArchive #GoogleMinus
 

A set of 604 curated "locally notable" G+ profiles


https://pastebin.com/raw/0Wh4BJah

This list comes from a set of contributions from +Eli Fennell's listing here:

https://plus.google.com/110619855408549015935/posts/XrZkNKam1Jo

Though not strictly-speaking "signal flares", I've submitted the profiles to the Internet Archive's Wayback machine (scripted via the "Save" URL) -- that part took about 90 seconds. Sorting out grabbing all the profile names and IDs from G+ HTML (and wrestling with local systems) a couple of hours.

A really good reason to pin a #signalflare post is that that pinned post WILL SHOW UP IN THE INTERNET ARCHIVE when saved.

(I'll schedule another save or few of this through April 2.)

This'd be a good set of folks to keep tabs on and through whom to find others.

I'll be adding this to the #PlexodusWiki Notable Names Database (NNDB) ... eventually:

https://social.antefriguserat.de/

https://pastebin.com/raw/0Wh4BJah

#GooglePlus #GplusRefugees #Plexodus #SignalFlare #GplusContacts
 
So good that there's #GooglePlus takeout - now that it's closing down. Too bad it's 504 - that's all we know - all the time I try it for real.
 

Google+ public posts are being preserved by the Internet Archive

Archivists are racing to preserve Google+ before it shuts down next month.

In a post on Reddit, the Archive Team announced its mission to preserve and backup Google+ content to the Internet Archive. Google will commence the shutdown of its failed social network project on April 2.

According to the archivists, only public Google+ posts will be saved. Private posts and posts that have previously been deleted will not be archived. If a Google+ user does not want their content archived, the team behind the project recommends putting in a request to remove specific pages with the Internet Archive.

Well, this would be good news and I'm thinking in the interests of preserving all sorts of Internet history (like your first ever website back in the day) I hope that Internet Archives maintains sufficient funding to keep going for many decades and longer.

See https://mashable.com/article/google-plus-internet-archive/

#googleplus #internetarchive

 
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Here's to the G+host town...


Same end as another many of us know and love.

Falsely labeled but eventually made a self-fulfilling prophecy by Google, first killing off the functionality, disrupted social lives and in the end set to destroy the social graphs (AKA life works and memories) from once thriving and wonderful land of Google+.

#googleplus #gplus #gplusrefugee #googleisevil #ghosttown #nevertrustgoogle #bodie #myphoto #mywork #fujifilm #acros
 
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Here's to the G+host town...


Same end as another many of us know and love.

Falsely labeled but eventually made a self-fulfilling prophecy by Google, first killing off the functionality, disrupted social lives and in the end set to destroy the social graphs (AKA life works and memories) from once thriving and wonderful land of Google+.

#googleplus #gplus #gplusrefugee #googleisevil #ghosttown #nevertrustgoogle #bodie #myphoto #mywork #fujifilm #acros
 
For all #Googleplus users that are still looking for alternatives: Join the #Fediverse before Google shuts down G+ on Apr. 2nd. Join #Friendica on nerdica.net or #Mastodon on nerdculture.de
 

Large and recently-active Google+ Communities dataset


A dataset of 103,188 larger and more-recently-active Google+ Communities is now available online, from my Google Drive account:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Pc_QmZE_RsGt2Irvm_BgEbFjRBssUOD9

This may be of interest to those who are seeking to contact active or thriving Google+ communities, to archive them, or to otherwise work with identified active communities.
What is this?

This is a subset of the full 8.1 million Google+ Communities, the vast majority of which have little or no publicly-visible activity or members. The subset does show both an appreciable membership and some degree of recent activity. Not every community in this list is active and healthy, but the ones that are are likely to be found here.

There's additional information, including membership counts, activity levels (visible posts, comments, plus-ones, and reshares), and some derived statistics, plus community titles, which may be useful in identifying communities highly likely to be active.

The file is a gzipped (compressed) textfile with comma-separated values, data fields in the first record. 103,189 records total.

More at #PlexodusReddit....

#GooglePlus #GplusRefugies #Plexodus #PlexodusReddit #SocialMedia #DataAnalyis #rstats

https://old.reddit.com/r/plexodus/comments/b06agd/large_and_recentlyactive_google_communities/
 

With the demise of Mr. Jingles, my plans and suggestions


I'd posted this to the rapidly-fading PLOOS, though some of the information applies here as well.

I'll be checking the Google+ Notifications page periodically, at least twice a day if possible. That's not as slick as the Notifications pane was, so expect slower responses to anything.

I'm trying to keep on top of the Google+ Mass Migration community, as well as the (much less active) Plexodus: The Beginning is Near community.

I've had a fair bit of personal stuff going on for the past few weeks which is making online time both less available and productive. My apologies.

The Plexodus Subreddit is an excellent place to get ongoing and post-sunset information. That would be on Google+, data migration (focusing much more on data import), contacts, where people are, and yes, yet more discussions about the past and future of social, online, and user-generated media.

https://old.reddit.com/r/plexodus

There's far too much updating to do at the #PlexodusWiki. So I'll try to tend to that garden as well:

https://social.antefriguserat.de

(It means "before it was cool", in Latin, if you're wondering.)

I'm still working on my future personal blog home. That'll be at GitLab, as a continuation of the Lair of the Id. Plan is to post original longer-form content there, then syndicate it elsewhere -- Mastodon, Diaspora, and the Lair subreddit (https://old.reddit.com/r/dredmorbius).

The New Lair blog will be: https://gitlab.com/dredmorbius/lair-of-the-id.git

For those of you who were Mirandans (or want to find out what the hell that was), there's still the /r/MKaTH and /r/MKaTS subreddits. I'm open to posting a bit more content there. MKaTH -- Miranda's Knitting and Tea House, is public, MKaTS -- Miranda's Knitting and Tea Society, is a related private forum:

https://old.reddit.com/r/MKaTH

For more on what that's about:
https://old.reddit.com/r/MKaTH/wiki/faq

There's also a more general Plusser's subreddit, /r/PLOOS:

https://old.reddit.com/r/ploos/

Otherwise, I'm posting at Mastodon, Diaspora, Tildes, Reddit, Hacker News, and a few other haunts, generally as "dredmorbius", as promised.
https://old.reddit.com/r/plexodus

#googleplus #GPlusRefugees #dreddit #plexodus #plexodusReddit #plexodusWiki
 
Sehr schade, dass man so viele Leute an MeWe verliert. Ganze Community’s von G+ ziehen dort hin. Leider haben die Leute nichts gelernt, aus der G+ Misere.

#googleplus #mewe #kopftisch
 

The MeWe social network made a tool to import your Google+ data (Posts and Collections) to their platform

The MeWe social network has just announced that they have made a tool that will import your Google+ data to their platform. The tool is simply called the G+ MeWe Importer. The tool is expected to go live on March 12th, possibly even sooner.

Here are some of the details of this G+ MeWe Importer tool:
* Move your public G+ posts to MeWe as open posts on your MeWe timeline (dated and ordered the same as they were on G+).
* Move your public collection and community posts to MeWe and create open posts on your MeWe timeline (dated and ordered the same as they were on G+) with the collection or community name as a #hashtag.
* They’ll make improvements to the G+ MeWe Importer after launch, including the ability to import your data from Circles onto MeWe, which is expected to be live April 1.
* To make your transition to MeWe easier, by the end of March a “posting to close friends” feature will also go live on MeWe.
* To make your transition simple, they suggest you do two things right away – download your G+ content in JSON format and create your MeWe (https://mewe.com) account. Note my data export from G+ was around 10GB and too big to fit on my GDrive so I'm putting mine off for later in March.

Clever MeWe as this will likely pull a lot of G+ users across to them. Does anyone know of other social networks that are close to importing G+ data into their network?

See https://techaeris.com/2019/02/15/the-mewe-social-network-made-a-tool-to-import-your-google-data-to-their-platform/

#mewe #googleplus
The MeWe social network made a tool to import your Google+ data to their platform
 
The Google+ -Refugees ( #gplusrefugee #gplus #googleplus #pluspora) produced a noticeable increase of new postings and "Followers" in my stream in the last two weeks.

This isn't the first wave of "refugees" from other networks to Diaspora since i am here. There were several waves of "Facebook-Refugees" which stranded here over the past years, nearly none of them remained here for more than a week...
But you #gplusrefugee seem to be more willing, engaged, interested and curious to integrate into a complete new community.

So welcome and thanks to you, who chose Diaspora or any other instance in the Fediverse instead of moving to the "next one big company"!
 
The Google+ -Refugees ( #gplusrefugee #gplus #googleplus #pluspora) produced a noticeable increase of new postings and "Followers" in my stream in the last two weeks.

This isn't the first wave of "refugees" from other networks to Diaspora since i am here. There were several waves of "Facebook-Refugees" which stranded here over the past years, nearly none of them remained here for more than a week...
But you #gplusrefugee seem to be more willing, engaged, interested and curious to integrate into a complete new community.

So welcome and thanks to you, who chose Diaspora or any other instance in the Fediverse instead of moving to the "next one big company"!
 

Diaspora CSS tweaks: Notifications pane height


I've just thrown the following into my Diaspora stylesheet using the Stylus CSS manager extention (Firefox / Chrome / Safari, etc.):
.navbar.navbar-fixed-top .nav-badges .dropdown-menu .notifications { 
    max-height: calc(85vh - 4em); 
    min-height: 8em; 
}

I'd found the previous 350px max height far too short, especially for all the love I've been getting. This will dynamically extend the panel to within 4em of the visible viewpane floor.

It might make a nice feature enhancement for Diaspora core.

#diaspora #css #tips #webDev #googleplus
 
Dear #Gplus users,

in some weeks #Google will shut down #GooglePlus.
Have you already looked into alternatives such as #Friendica or #Mastodon?
If not, you maybe to have a look at it on nerdica.net (Friendica) or nerdculture.de (Mastodon)!

See you there!
 

Google Support Announcement on 30 Jan 2019: Shutting down Google+ for consumer (personal) accounts on April 2, 2019

In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted [Well nothing announce yet...].

The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.

If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019.

As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events. See the full FAQ for more details and updates leading up to the shutdown.

So there we have it... it will all be deleted and everything you posted to other social networks that linked back to your original post in G+ will be blank... I hope everyone learns one thing from this: If you are serious about blogging then use your own hosting or a generic service like Wordpress where you can easily export and import it. This was certainly a watershed moment for me (compounded with Flickr's announcement) that cloud services sound a lot sweeter on startup than a few years later when they are shut down or you try to exit. Always stay in control of your data.

See https://support.google.com/plus/answer/9195133

#google+ #googleplus
 

Google+ will be shut down on April 2, 2019


This is Google's official G+ shutdown announcement. Text in full:

Shutting down Google+ for consumer (personal) accounts on April 2, 2019



January 30, 2019

In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your content, just make sure to do so before April. Note that photos and videos backed up in Google Photos will not be deleted.

The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time. For example, users may still see parts of their Google+ account via activity log and some consumer Google+ content may remain visible to G Suite users until consumer Google+ is deleted.

As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events. See the full FAQ for more details and updates leading up to the shutdown.

If you’re a Google+ Community owner or moderator, you may download and save your data for your Google+ Community. Starting early March 2019, additional data will be available for download, including author, body, and photos for every community post in a public community. Learn more

If you sign in to sites and apps using the Google+ Sign-in button, these buttons will stop working in the coming weeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button. You’ll still be able to sign in with your Google Account wherever you see Google Sign-in buttons. Learn more

If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Learn more

If you’re a G Suite customer, Google+ for your G Suite account should remain active. Contact your G Suite administrator for more details. You can also expect a new look and new features soon. Learn more

If you're a developer using Google+ APIs or Google+ Sign-in, click here to see how this will impact you.

From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place. We are grateful for the talented group of artists, community builders, and thought leaders who made Google+ their home. It would not have been the same without your passion and dedication.
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/9195133

And note that buried FAQ link: https://support.google.com/plus/answer/9217723

#Google #GooglePlus #GplusRefugees #Plexodus
 

G+ Communities: Significant and Recent Activity


We're continuing to get a sense of G+ Communities and how many of these are significant, active, and have some sense of vitality.

One metric is to look by both size and recent activity.

G+ Public Communities with Recent Activity

Members Week Month
1,000 28,823 39,301
100 63,874 105,166
Members is the reported membership of the community on its Google+ landing page. Comparison is greater than or equals.

Recency is assessed as the sampling time minus the most recent post activity, both expressed as Unix timestamps (seconds from 1970-01-01:00:00:00). Week is activity within 86000 * 7 seconds, Month is activity within 86000 * 31 seconds. Comparison is less than or equals.

From previous analysis, it's likely that only 10-20%, generously, of these communities have substantive interaction between users, as opposed to other activity, including spam or link-drops. We have not investigated this dataset yet to assess this characteristic.

Still, that would leave about 3,000 - 6,000 communities of 1,000+ members with weekly or better activity, and 4,000 - 8,000 with monthly activity, and 6k - 12k and 11k - 22k of 100+ members respectively.

There is little relationship between active engagement, measured by plus-one, comment, and reshare activity, and community size. While smaller communities (especially below 100 members) are far more likely to have no activity or no recent activity, the distribution of significant recent activity is fairly uniform across a very broad range of community sizes. On a per member engagement level, the sweet spot appears to be roughly 100 - 5,000 members, though we need to investigate this further.

Very large G+ communities are frequently not particularly engaged. See the WhatsApp Community (6.8 million members) as an example. Interestingly, this doesn't appear in a G+ Community search for "WhatsApp".

Gory Details


URLs for 8,107,099 Google+ Communities were read, with 3,559 found to be deleted when accessed, and 8,103,540 read successfully yielding data.

There were 7,303,513 public, and 800,382 private communities (9.877% private). Membership and post activity are available only for public communities.

Membership status was open ("Join") for 3,689,488 (45.51%), and closed ("Ask to join") for 4,414,407 (54.45%) communities, status was unavailable for 3,204 (0.04%) communities.

Membership percentiles (preliminary):

Memb. Policy 1% 5% 10% 25% 33% 50% 67% 75% 90% 95% 99%
All 0 1 1 1 1 1 4 8 40 110 859
"Join" 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 17 50 380
"Ask" 0 1 1 1 1 3 7 13 58 158 1253
(NB: we want to confirm that the Join and Ask to join stats are correct as previous analysis showed higher membership for open-membership sites, though that sample excluded the very largest G+ communities. It's possible sense is inverted. Spot checks say we're not fouling this one up.)

Source


Web-scraped query of 8,107,099 Google+ Community landing pages between 5 Jan and 6 Jan, 2019.

#googlePlus #communities #stats #rStats #plexodus #gplusRefugees
 
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