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Life after Google+ – Lars Fosdal: Friends+Me Google+ Export tool.

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/11

A little while ago, I blogged about Life after Google+ – Lars Fosdal. In the mean time, Lars has made a lot of progress exporting the community [WayBack] Delphi Developers – Google+ (which has moved to en.delphipraxis.net !).

He is a heavy user of the Friends+Me Google+ Export tool, which basically is an actively maintained web scraper with standard output targets:

[WayBack] Google Plus Exporter – Medium: Export your Google+ feeds to WordPress, Blogger, and JSON.

It does not depend on the G+ REST API: “the app is using web scraping and will keep working until the bitter end”.

Quite a bit of that information and the feedback he has is in this thread: [WayBack1/WayBack2] Hi Everyone, We’ve just released Google+ Exporter, an application that helps you to export your Google+ feeds (profile, pages, collections, communities… – Friends+Me – Google+

Of course G+ does not save the whole thread in the WayBack machine, so here it is copy-pasted (unformatted; maybe I will format it later):

Hi Everyone,

We’ve just released Google+ Exporter, an application that helps you to export your Google+ feeds (profile, pages, collections, communities, including all comments) to WordPress 4.x and 5.x Backup, Blogger Backup and JSON file.

Download latest Google+ Exporter version from https://gplus-exporter.friendsplus.me

Another available option is to export all posts published to profile, pages, collections, and communities to JSON file, including all comments!

More details on Google+ Exporter web site https://medium.com/google-plus-exporter

Transform exported JSON data can into imports for other services, or you can use JSON export as a full generic backup of your posts.

The free version of the application enables you to download up to 800 posts per every single Google+ feed (profile, page, collection, community). You can buy a license key to get unlimited experience.

I would love to know your opinion, suggestions or requests. Thank you!

UPDATE version 1.6.0 / 7-1-2019:
* IMPORTANT we recommend to refresh (re-download) all G+ feeds to complete a list of images for download and to make sure no post comments are lost during the feed refresh in case the comment author G+ account is deleted.
* NEW Image downloader and here’s how to use this new feature https://medium.com/google-plus-exporter/how-to-download-images-7dc321b6f179
* FIXED Blogger post comments longer than 4000 characters are split into more comments to make sure the Blogger service accepts the import file.
* FIXED all posts may not have been downloaded in some cases, usually when a download of a one or more posts failed.
* FIXED support for photo album posts. Some downloaded photo album posts were missing images.
* FIXED YouTube links with attribution_link are converted to a valid YT URL for WP and Blogger exports.
* FIXED Google+ accounts detection

UPDATE version 1.5.0 / 21-12-2018:
* IMPORTANT All feeds need to be re-downloaded because of the new database engine.
* NEW download a profile, page, collection, and community feeds separately.
* NEW you can export any Google+ community you are a member of.
* NEW support for WordPress 4.x and WordPress 5.x backup format.
* NEW export file is split into many smaller files to enable import of a significant number of posts to WP and Blogger.
* NEW updated JSON export structure to support export of all multiple accounts.
* NEW export all your downloaded feeds to a JSON file for further transformations.
* FIXED previous versions were not downloading comments for posts with 3 and fewer comments.
* FIXED export of feeds with a name containing characters not supported by a file system.
* FIXED export of reshares. Reshared posts were missing a message.
* FIXED database storage can accommodate a massive number of posts without breaking the app.

UPDATE version 1.4.2 / 14-12-2018:
* FIXED and improved network communication with a smart retry. The app should be able to download feeds despite an unreliable network.

UPDATE version 1.4.1 / 14-12-2018:
* FIXED the app crashed when the database was empty
* FIXED G+ network communication timeout increased to 15 minutes

UPDATE version 1.4.0 / 13-12-2018:
* NEW links attached to Google+ posts are exported for Blogger with http://embed.ly widget since Blogger does not support link preview natively. Looks really nice.

UPDATE version 1.3.0 / 13-12-2018:
* FIXED WP media export. WP requires media URL to end with a known file extension (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png)
* FIXED visualized post counts were not accurate
* FIXED collection posts were present in WP and Blogger exports twice
* NEW error notification appears in case something is wrong with download or export

UPDATE version 1.2.1 / 12-12-2018:
* FIXED WP export post title length limited to 120 characters
* FIXED WP export post message formatting improved
* FIXED Google+ accounts detection (Japanese)

UPDATE version 1.2.0 / 12-12-2018:
* NEW introduced export to Google Blogger Backup file
* FIXED message formatting for WP export

UPDATE version 1.1.0 / 11-12-2018:
* updated Google+ accounts detection
* support for photo album posts

UPDATE version 1.0.9 / 10-12-2018:
* updated Google+ accounts detection

UPDATE version 1.0.7 / 28-11-2018:
* updated Google+ accounts detection

UPDATE version 1.0.5:
* fixed posts comments download. We recommend re-downloading all feeds to fetch missing comments.
* fixed message compilation for WP export
* WP export now with comments
* export collections and communities separately
* configurable exports, pick whether you want to export private posts and comments

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