Testing Google+ Exporter For Use With Blogger

Testing Google+ Exporter

Note: This post was originally posted on my G+ profile.

Updated: 2019-Jan-17, & 2019-Sept-19.

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.

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

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.

Update 2019-Sept-19:

You can also find me on Mewe and Pluspora. I'm not currently very active on Plusporpa, and I'm never active on MeWe anymore.



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

  2. Thank you Tom Gatermann for sharing!

    Ann Kennedy thank you :-)

  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.

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

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

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

  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.

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

  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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