Testing Google+ Exporter

Testing Google+ Exporter

Updated: 2019-Jan-17 (See my comment below about photos uploaded directly to G+)

I've created a second, and more permanent blog home here: https://photoblog.tomgatermann.com (see below for more updated info).

Another option for exporting your G+ stream is the Google+ Exporter, from Friends+Me. I had been thinking about this one for a while, and since other people have had good success with it, I finally decided to give it a try. Initially, I used the free version which exports up to 800 posts. I was happy with the results, so I bought a license for it to export unlimited posts. To buy a license costs you $19.99.

The nice thing about this application is that it allows you to export directly to Blogger and Word Press formats, unlike Google's own Takeout.

After downloading my stream, I exported it to a Blogger backup file and created a quick blog to test it out. I'm still tweaking the look, but for a quick export and setup I'm really happy with the initial results.

Update 2019-Jan-12:

This second version includes public comments from my G+ profile posts. However, in this version, for some reason, my hashtags were not converted into Blogger Labels. I'm actually not bothered by this, since I want to clean up my hashtags/labels anyway.

You can also find me on Mewe and Pluspora. However, I'm not currently very active on Plusporpa.

https://mewe.com/i/tomgatermann
https://pluspora.tomgatermann.com

If you are wanting to backup your G+ stream or communities, it's probably best to do it now, rather then later. If you are interested in this method, check out the Friends+Me info page: https://medium.com/google-plus-exporter

Comments

  1. This seems like a good solution. The blog format looks great!

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  2. Thank you Tom Gatermann for sharing!

    Ann Kennedy thank you :-)

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  3. Ann Kennedy, I think that Google+ Exporter is the easiest way to go. Simply load the application, log into your Google account associated with your G+ profile, and choose what you want to download. You can download everything, or just certain collections. You can also download the images from your posts, though for the blog I didn't do that.

    Also, once you download your feed or a collection feed, you can choose whether or not you want to export the comments associated with each. I chose to not export the comments initially, and make a clean looking blog to start with. I may redo the blog with comments since all the comments on my posts are public anyways, but I haven't decided for sure.



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  4. Thanks Friends+Me for making such a good app. It's a shame Google themselves couldn't.

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  5. Tom Gatermann That is Great Info... Thanks so muchπŸ™

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  6. Looks like it worked very well! Glad you found a solution.

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  7. Thanks, Shelly Gunderson. Yes, I'm very happy with the results, especially given that I thought I would not find a nice and clean way to export my G+ profile stream. I've updated the post with a new link to my second and more permanent blog home.

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  8. Your blog looks great, Tom Gatermann! You've inspired me.

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  9. So, the only issue that could potentially fowl this archive method is that Google will be deleting any images you directly uploaded to posts in G+. Not images that you uploaded elsewhere on the Web, and then shared to G+. This is per the downgrade page for Google+ (the one you go to to delete your G+ profile). If you uploaded an image to Google Photos, and then shared the image to G+, that image will not be deleted from Photos.

    If you go to accounts.google.com - Sign in - Google Accounts, you'll see all of the photos you have ever uploaded to Google products. The album titled "Photos from posts" with the G+ symbol is the one that is supposed to be deleted. Of course, I guess, there is the possibility that the album itself will be deleted, but the individual images somehow remain. I say this because I noticed on my export of Google+ posts that some spam comments I deleted seemed to still be attached to their posts, just no longer visible on the post in G+. But, given Google's track record for communication with its users of G+, I'm not taking a chance. So, I've been slowly reworking my blog posts to point to their respective photos that I've re-uploaded outside of G+. As of today, I have re-uploaded about 100 photos.

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