Google+ Public Posts to be stored by the Internet Wayback Machine
Google+ will be going to be shut down in a matter of weeks, but its archive’s of public posts may be live on indefinitely.
Internet Archive lately announced plans to save public Google+ content at the Wayback Machine. In fact, archiving has already started.
There are a few things Google+ users can do to assist the Internet Archive with this effort.
For the most part, users don’t have to do anything. If you want your public Google+ content preserved, then chances are it will be.
However, Internet Archive advises users not to delete their Google+ content or profile. If it’s deleted it cannot be saved.
Limitations to Archiving Google+ Content
Internet Archive notes there are a few limitations to this project, which are as follows:
- Currently, there is Only public content available on Google+ is being included.
- Private posts and some of the previously deleted content will not be saved.
- Full post comments may not be archived. Google+ can allow up to 500 comments per every post, but only present a subset of these as static HTML.
- Image & video content may not be stored at full resolution. It applies mostly to high-def image & video content.
- Content archival is subject to the rate at which the project can proceed & any limitations introduced outside its control.
Internet Archive also lists a few things that people with technical skills can do to help if they wish to contribute on a volunteer basis.
Anyone who is sad to see Google+ goes next month can rest easy knowing that most of its history will be saved.