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Google+ Sunset

8 months and counting till the Google+ Sunset. 2 months since the announcement from Google. And all's quiet, with no further official news or announcements.

There's a User driven, help and support community here. "Google+ Mass Migration"

Julian Bond originally shared this post:
It's 2 months now since the 8-Oct announcement of the G+ Sunset. As far as I'm aware, there has been no further official announcement from Google beyond the initial blog post and the G+ post.

At the time they said:-
We’ll post more details, including instructions for exporting and saving your personal content, right here on Google+.
But there hasn't been anything posted.

All we have seen is G+ buttons and share links slowly disappear from other Google properties.

There's a lot of questions arising. Many of them have been shared in this group. Currently, Takeout is limited and awkward. And feedback has been posted by lots of people detailing the issues. Not least is the question of what happens to G+ profiles. That's data that is shared across and used by other properties such as Gmail, Contacts, Drive and Photos. The question of how to archive and move Personal Posts and Communities to other platforms is still very much up in the open.

With Holiday season upon us, I suppose any kind of announcement or change before Jan 8 is unlikely. But each month that goes by is a month lost for us users, customers and consumers to prepare, save our data, republish it and migrate somewhere else.

8 Months and counting.

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So it has come to this. The Prime Minister's office is now sending out Nigerian Spam letters.


It's hard to know where to even start, given that the letter is so full of half-truths, fakery and outright lies. Thankfully others have done it for us.

This Deal must be voted out. Any subsequent deal that hopes to tweak the edges to run down the clock must also be voted out. This has now been reduced to a 3 way decision.
May-Deal, No-Deal or No-Brexit. And it's up to our representatives in government to make that decision in the best interests of the country. And not to be swayed just by party politics or personal power.

And remember folks:-
No UK-Exit is better than any bad UK-Exit. And they're all bad.
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Thread by @GuitarMoog: "Dear @theresa_may, Thank you for your letter. From the very first sentence to the very last, it is a tissue of revisi false equivalences, and downright lies. You have a lot of bloody gall writing this to me. […]" #SacktheBrexitDeal

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once - Cross-post everywhere" .

So I posted once on G+ and the system cross posted the article or a subset of it to all the other platforms. This originally used but then they stopped reading G+. I was never completely happy with the layout. And I needed to code for this in my own blog anyway, so I wrote a G+ post to Atom convertor. This gave me an Atom feed to push into as well as a source for my blog to auto-create posts. Then Facebook stopped allowing external apps to post on a personal timeline. This process always had to start with G+ because that didn't have a write API. It could only be a source for cross posting, not a sink. and IFTTT have become less and less useful as they monetise and keep reducing support for free users.

Meanwhile, new systems started to turn up with their own APIs like Mastodon, Diaspora, Hubzilla, etc. But even though they use standardised protocols, they're still too small to get any traction with things like and IFTTT.

And now G+ is closing down. So it can't even be a source any more. And there's no obvious way to get posts out of Facebook as they disabled Atom feeds out of Facebook long ago.

So what with the snowflake API problem, free services getting monetised and closed and walled gardens adding barbed wire to the top of the walls, this approach is reaching the end of the road. Maybe the idea of "Post once - Cross-post everywhere" has become impossible. It's certainly hard to work out where to start.

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Julian Bond originally shared this post:
So as we throw the damp rizla packet of disappointment into the overflowing ashtray of sadness and hope that the weekend's big fish doesn't eat the little fish in the cardboard box, we realize that it's not that bad, it's just another rainy monday.

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Never forget.
Never again.


War is over.
No more war.
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White poppy wearers to hold Alternative Remembrance Sunday Ceremonies · White poppy wreaths will be laid throughout Britain this weekend to commemorate all victims of war of all nationalities. Jitei White, walking while wearing a white poppy ...

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Tomorrow night on Armistice day, where's the party where we celebrate that we're still alive and we're not at War?

This was a tradition all through the 20s. And let's not forget that Armistice day, VE day and VJ day were huge parties.

We can be all sad as we remember those we lost. But then we need to have a wake.

Never forget. Never again. Peace.
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Labour MPs must not vote for Theresa May's deal because "it's better than No Deal". And especially if it fails Labour's 6 tests. It's becoming clear that Labour and Momentum members don't want Brexit. They want a General Election. And if there's no General Election, they want a People's Vote.
 Brexit Consultation - Momentum »
Lets build a Britain for the many.

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And as it's in UKIP colours you can re-use it at their next party conference.

A snip at only 25 Euros.
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Following Saturday's March Against UK-Exit

We don't need another referendum or vote for MPs to come to their senses, act in the national interest and say:

"You asked us to try and find a way of leaving the EU. Well, we've done our best and we can't find any sensible way of doing that. So we've decided to cancel Article 50 and call the whole thing off. Here's my resignation".
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Anti-Brexit March - London - Sat 20 Oct

3 Days to go. Be there. And vote with your feet.

Apparently Green Park has reduced capacity so find another tube station to use to get to Park Lane/Hyde Park Corner for the start.
 People’s Vote March for the Future »
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Paul Ehrlich - The Population Bomb

By a spooky coincidence, Paul Ehrlich published The Population Bomb in 1968 in the same year that population growth rate peaked at 2.09%/yr. The global population that year was 3.55b. If that growth rate had been maintained ever since then we would have passed through 10b this year. So we're really lucky that 1968 was also pretty much when we transitioned from exponential growth to linear growth and hitting 10b is still 38 years away. It's easy to see now in retrospect that the demographic transition happened and come up with all kinds of reasons why it happened. It's harder to come up with reasons as to why Ehrlich should have seen it then. He was writing in a time when we'd had a 100 years or so of exponential growth over 1.5%/yr and in the previous 20 years it had been accelerating. So I think he deserves a break for being overly pessimistic back then.

10b, right now, and having got there so fast, would not be pretty. I don't think its going to be pretty in 2056 either, but we have a little more time to adjust.
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Google is proving itself to be an unreliable and untrustworthy partner. We're being chucked off G+ as it closes down. So which other Google properties should we leave now and stop investing time and effort into? Because we don't know when Google will decide to just close them down. Here's a short list of Google Products that feel to me like they might be at risk.

- Music
- Photos
- Drive
- Blogger
- Calendar
- News
- GoogleGroups
- Hangouts
- Chromecast Audio
- Wear OS
- Android Auto
- Google Pay

And that's just the consumer stuff. Want to invest time in Google APIs to build into products? Don't.

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Apologies to +John Lewis
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