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Getting Started with the Google+ Domains API

The Google+ Domains API allows G Suite customers and ISVs to take advantage of enhanced Google+ APIs to build tools and services that can be used in a variety of ways.

Features comparison

The Google+ Domains API offers a number of additional features compared to the Google+ API v1, and differs in some key respects:

Feature Google+ API v1 Google+ Domains API
Read public posts Yes Yes, by users in the same G Suite domain.
Read domain-restricted posts No Yes, by users in the same G Suite domain.
Read posts limited to circles No Yes, you can read posts made by a user in the same G Suite domain.
Read comments on a post Yes, but only for comments on public posts. Yes, but only for comments on posts made by a user in the same Google Apps domain.
Read the names of a user's circles and the membership of each circle No Yes
Read a merged list of the members of the user's circles with no circle information Yes, but only for the members of those circles that are selected by the user during authentication when the https://www.googleapis.com/auth/plus.login scope is requested.

Yes, the https://www.googleapis.com/auth/plus.circles.read scope allows your app to read people in all of your user's circles.

Write posts to the stream No

Yes, restricted to the domain.

Photos and video can be uploaded for inclusion in posts.

Write to a user's profile No No, cannot write to Google+ profiles with the Google+ Domains API. You can write to a user's G Suite profile by using the Admin SDK Directory API. Updates made with the Directory API do not display in Google+, but might still be useful for your app.

Accessing the APIs

Before you begin development, you should decide how you are going to access the Google+ Domains API. The following options are available with the API:


Your app is limited in the number of API calls it can make to each Google API service. It has two limits:

  • Your app has daily per-project usage courtesy quota. This is the maximum number of requests per day your app can make to a service.
  • Within the daily quota, you can rate-limit per user by setting the maximum number of requests/second per user. Users can be identified by IP address or a custom unique string.

You can request additional API quota once you have completed your app development, in preparation for your production rollout. The following procedure enables you to view the limits and to request additional quota for your app.

  1. Access your list of enabled APIs in the Google API Console . Log in using your developer account for the production app.
  2. From the project drop-down, select the project you previously created for your app.
  3. From the list of Enabled APIs, find the Google+ Domains API service in the list and select its name. This takes you to a details page.
  4. Select the Quotas tab. This displays a page that shows both the daily quota limit (requests/day) and the per-user rate limit (requests/second/user).
    • You can cap the requests per second for an individual user by setting limits per IP address or custom unique string. For more details, see capping usage in the Google API Console Help.
    • To request more API quota, click the Apply for higher quota link, then fill out and submit the request form. Allow at least a full business week for your request to be processed.

As your production usage approaches the quota limit, you can request additional quota using the same process as above. You need to provide a full analysis of your current and future API usage for review to facilitate additional quota grants.

If you have more than one production project (for example, to segregate RSS-based traffic), please submit separate requests for each of the project IDs when requesting API quota increases.

Quickstart sample apps

The Google+ Domains API quickstart sample apps demonstrate performing basic operations on behalf of a user who authorized your app, such as authenticating with domain-wide delegation and then creating a new post on behalf of a specified user.

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