From humping turtles to Larry Page's pancakes: 31 of the most bizarre Google+ posts by Google execs that we'll miss the most (GOOG, GOOGL)

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  • Google began deleting user accounts from its Google+ social network this week. 
  • Among the accounts that got deleted were those of Google’s own executives. 
  • In addition to providing important records about company history, the lost Google+ accounts were a rich trove of information about the people running Google; sometimes silly and whimsical, other times eerily foreboding.
  • Business Insider took screenshots of some of the best posts by Google execs to ensure that they wouldn’t be lost to time.

Google+, the search giant’s failed attempt to create a Facebook-killing social network, officially died this week. 

The company began deleting user accounts, permanently erasing profiles, photos and other content posted on the social network — including the profile pages of Google’s own executives. 

The purge of Google+ accounts from the likes of Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, current CEO Sundar Pichai, and former CEO Eric Schmidt means that important company announcements and insights into the company’s decision-making process are gone from the public record. 

That’s a significant loss and it’s raising concerns among advocates of corporate accountability, journalists and people interested in preserving history.

It also means that the sillier posts from Google’s top brass, as well as posts that are now eerily ironic years later, have vanished from the public view as well. 

Luckily, before these accounts were deleted on Tuesday, Business Insider snagged some screenshots of the finest posts from Google executives we could find. 

Take a look: 

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Google co-founder Larry Page was the initial champion of the Google+ social network. To encourage its growth, he led by example and shared things like his favorite pancake recipe.

The background image for Page’s profile during the entirety of Google+’s 8-year existence was this raccoon — we’re not sure why.

Sergey Brin, the other Google cofounder, liked to use Google+ to share snapshots of his extreme lifestyle.

Brin also once skydived onto the roof of San Francisco’s Moscone Center, livesteaming it with Google Glass, to kick of the company’s annual developer conference.

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