Shortly after Google+ was introduced for Google Apps users, the company promised a migration tool which would allow those users to transfer data from their personal account to their Google Apps account. Several months have passed, but the search giant has finally made transfers possible using their Google Takeout tool -- or sort of, anyway. More on that later, though.
Google Takeout plays a central role in the company's data liberation efforts. Using Takeout, Google users are able to download their data from a number of different services, a useful feature in case a user decides to leave Google or just wants a copy of their stuff. Now though, an option labeled "Transfer your Google+ connections to another account" has been added to Takeout's service options.
Although the tool does transfer circles and followers, it suffers from a number of limitations and fine print. The first major shortcoming is the omission of content migration. That's right -- posts and other content aren't transferred. As Google product manager Ronald Ho put it, "at the moment this tool supports helping you move your social graph from one profile to another". In other words -- just your friends and followers.
For those of you thinking of waiting until developers add a way to migrate Google+ content, you are advised to not hold your breath. "We unfortunately don't have plans to support the transfer of content you've created from one account to the other", Ho told a number of disappointed users on his Google+ page.
Although comments, media and such aren't transferrable, photos uploaded to Google+ also exist in Picasa, Google's online photo album service. While the Google+ transfer tool will not migrate photos, Google Takeout can help users transfer data from one Picasa account to another. Google+ users with many photos may find that tip helpful.
Transfers have a seven-day waiting period, take 2-3 days to complete and can only be done once every 6 months. During the transfer, users will have limited Google+ functionality.
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