Google goes bye bye!

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  1. Randy Godwin profile image91
    Randy Godwinposted 7 months ago

    Just received an email from Google saying they will no longer support personal accounts on HP. Good bye to most of my writing income here.  sad

    1. bravewarrior profile image92
      bravewarriorposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      I didn't get an email from Google regarding HP. I did however receive my first check from Google AdSense last week. I guess it took me 7 years to meet the $100 payout threshold.

      I don't understand the email you received, Randy. All accounts on HP and the niche sites are personal accounts, are they not? What exactly are they saying they'll no longer support?

      1. Venkatachari M profile image43
        Venkatachari Mposted 7 months agoin reply to this

        It is for those who maintain a Google Plus account. Those accounts will be closed from April 1st. So, if you shared your posts on G+, whether from HubPages or from any other sites, all that stuff and your own personal stuff on it will be erased gradually within some period. If you want to keep a record of all that stuff, you can download all the content into one of your personal folders of the computer on 31st March.

      2. Venkatachari M profile image43
        Venkatachari Mposted 7 months agoin reply to this

        It has nothing to do with earnings.

    2. samanthacubbison profile imageSTAFF
      samanthacubbisonposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      Deleted

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image96
        FatFreddysCatposted 7 months agoin reply to this

        I'm not Randy but assuming he got the same e-mail I did, I copy/pasted it in this thread a few posts ago

        1. Randy Godwin profile image91
          Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

          Yes, it was the same email, Samantha. I apparently missed the "+". after Google.

    3. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
      TIMETRAVELER2posted 7 months agoin reply to this

      I believe they were talking about Google Plus accounts.  I saw this yesterday when I was posting there.  Starting Feb 4 they will start deleting content and within a few months it will be gone.  I hope what I read is what's happening and not the opposite.  I'm sure the team would be notifying us if this was the case because it would mark the end of this site if it is!

  2. ziyena profile image94
    ziyenaposted 7 months ago

    Interesting.  If so, then I'll just wait for the official Axe.  Until then … business as usual. 

    Find it interesting that I can't access any of my stats.  Just times out

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      I assume the in-house program is doomed as well, but I don't use HPads so I'm not clear on that. It was a long email saying any Google related content would be deleted, and Feb. 4th the program will end. We have two months to make our last few bucks it appears.

      1. ziyena profile image94
        ziyenaposted 7 months agoin reply to this

        Hmmm … haven't received any emails.  If true, sad news for those who make a few bucks with Google ADs.  I never did make anything with their ad program.  Just pennies … What I'm really wondering if this is is the case, will the removal of the Ad program effect our Google ranking in some way?

        1. Randy Godwin profile image91
          Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

          I'm waiting for either Paul or Robin to address this issue as the email is very official sounding.

          1. ziyena profile image94
            ziyenaposted 7 months agoin reply to this

            Let's hope it's a phishing scheme … crossing fingers

          2. Jean Bakula profile image93
            Jean Bakulaposted 7 months agoin reply to this

            I thought it was just Google + they were getting rid of. At least that's how I interpreted the email. It has nothing to do with our writing accounts here or wherever else we write. Google + was supposed to be a place to exchange ideas in groups. But it was really just a place everyone used to promote their own work. I won't miss it.

            1. Randy Godwin profile image91
              Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

              You're correct, Jean! You must've been awake when you read the email. Good thankin'! tongue

              1. Jean Bakula profile image93
                Jean Bakulaposted 7 months agoin reply to this

                I was awake, but I sleep late smile.

      2. bravewarrior profile image92
        bravewarriorposted 7 months agoin reply to this

        Randy, clarify "Google related content".

        1. Randy Godwin profile image91
          Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

          Ready Freddy's email above, Shauna. Apparently, and hopefully, I mistakenly thought the Google program was discontinued. Hope Freddy has it right. Whew!  My bad!

          1. bravewarrior profile image92
            bravewarriorposted 7 months agoin reply to this

            It is Google+, Randy. I have the email now, too. It's in the "social" tab of gmail. Nothing to worry about. I'm not active in my Google+ account, so no skin off my back. I'm not active on FB either (not much anyway). I think those social sites are total time sucks and a place for people to post stuff that's really none of anyone's business. Or a place to bash and trash.

            You can rest easy, my friend!

      3. galleryofgrace profile image73
        galleryofgraceposted 7 months agoin reply to this

        I doubt very seriously that Google plus was creating any income.

  3. FatFreddysCat profile image96
    FatFreddysCatposted 7 months ago

    Are you sure you read that email correctly?

    I got an email from Google this morning too, but it said my personal "Google Plus" (or Google+) account will be going away soon because they are discontinuing that platform...which is fine by me. My Google+ profile was created automatically for me when I signed up for GMail service, but I've never used it.

    Google Plus was G's attempt at building a Facebook style social media service, but it never caught on in a big way so they're pulling the plug on it.

    https://thehill.com/policy/technology/4 … ts-april-2

    I don't think it has anything at all to do with Google AdSense.

  4. FatFreddysCat profile image96
    FatFreddysCatposted 7 months ago

    This is the message I got. There's nothing here about AdSense. 

  5. theraggededge profile image97
    theraggededgeposted 7 months ago

    Also... some people who had Adwords account (the 'other side' of Adsense) are having those accounts closed down. We all signed up for them to use the Adwords keywords research tool. They are just closing inactive accounts.

  6. ziyena profile image94
    ziyenaposted 7 months ago

    Looks like the axe is not gonna fall after all!

  7. FatFreddysCat profile image96
    FatFreddysCatposted 7 months ago

    Randy at the start of this thread:
    https://i.imgur.com/IjNAZBE.gif

    Randy now:
    https://i.imgur.com/T5FtqoG.gif

    You OK, boss? big_smile

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks Freddy, I think I did cut my butt a little anyway.....  tongue

      1. DrMark1961 profile image97
        DrMark1961posted 7 months agoin reply to this

        Sorry about the injury but I do want to thank you for providing an entertaining thread.

  8. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 7 months ago

    You need to have a word with the "Randy who does not read emails properly" you. Try to be kind, lol.

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      Ha Will, at least I didn't respond to my own comment as some unnamed do! tongue

  9. Titia profile image95
    Titiaposted 7 months ago

    I haven't used my Google+ in years I think. I never saw the benifit. Same goes for Twitter and I never started with Pinterest. I only use FB to keep in touch with my sheep breeder colleages and some internet poetry friends.

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      Me either, which made me mistake it for my AdSense account. Of course, I have glaucoma.....but it wasn't that...I was sleepy. cool

      1. snakeslane profile image83
        snakeslaneposted 7 months agoin reply to this

        Randy, chill my friend. It's allowed to be sleepy
        smile

        1. Randy Godwin profile image91
          Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

          Thanks, Verlie! I feel better now. smile

  10. eugbug profile image97
    eugbugposted 7 months ago

    Hmm, I wonder does that mean the Google+ communities are being abolished too?

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      I think so eu, you didn't get the email? The thing that scared me so much was not the loss of income for myself, but the hit HubPages as a whole would take. I've been here long enough to have grown a great deal of respect for Paul, Robin, and the other people who keep this site going. Sure, I make a few bucks here, but this is secondary to the effort these fine folks put out for their writers.

      1. eugbug profile image97
        eugbugposted 7 months agoin reply to this

        Just got it this morning. It's 5.30 am here so brain not fully awake for processing smile

  11. Kenna McHugh profile image91
    Kenna McHughposted 7 months ago

    It's the symbol "+" and I suspect Randy isn't good at math either.  As an aside, where does Google get these terms? AdWords and AdSense or CPM, geez.

  12. CYong74 profile image95
    CYong74posted 7 months ago

    G+ was never well-managed, with things getting really horrible over the last year. Spammers were openly posting porn. Some nutcase kept posting Anti-Semitic, Anti-Islam hate posts in one of the communities I'm in, and no matter how we complained, nothing was done. To an extent, I'm glad it's going away.

  13. lobobrandon profile image89
    lobobrandonposted 7 months ago

    Randy (facepalm) haha. Get that window fixed.

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      I don't know about that Brandon, I may need to jump out again!  yikes

      1. lobobrandon profile image89
        lobobrandonposted 7 months agoin reply to this

        lol

  14. PaulGoodman67 profile image98
    PaulGoodman67posted 7 months ago

    Sorry to hear that you've wrongly interpreted an email, Randy. I have a proposition that might make up for it. I've been contacted by a representative of a prince in Nigeria who needs to transfer $100,000 to your bank account. All you have to do is give me $2,000 to cover the admin fees.

    1. Randy Godwin profile image91
      Randy Godwinposted 7 months agoin reply to this

      Great news Paul! Send me the details along with your bank account number and we'll go for it.  tongue

  15. Natalie Frank profile image96
    Natalie Frankposted 7 months ago

    Yes, my mom called me a couple of days ago panicked that the world was ending as she thought that Google had gone out of business and was shutting down.  She didn't know what to do about email and her pictures smile I tried to patiently explain that it was Google+ which she doesn't use but once she's convinced of something it's next to impossible to convince her otherwise.

  16. watergeek profile image96
    watergeekposted 5 months ago

    I don't mind about Google+ closing. I opened it in the first place because another site on which I used to write required it. Then I started using it to promote my HP articles, but that's it.

    Glad to hear that Google AdSense is not connected. That's really what I came to this forum to find out. BTW, I think I might know that Nigeria prince. He never did much for me though.

 
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