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On Thursday, Google rolled another social networking tool for Google+ users, called Communities, which looks and feels similar to regular Google+ streams, but are topic-based, rather than user-based, forums. The role of Communities is for users to share rich conversations about shared topics of interests—be it a private book club, a hobby, a local neighborhood project, an international forum about a particular issue, or anything in between.

Google+ Communities have rapidly grown within a few days of the tool’s launch. Public Communities include topics ranging from HDR Photography, Android Development, Smartphone Photographers, Google Plus Book Club, to App Marketing, and Linux Users.

Any Google+ member can start a Private or Public Community. To browse and explore existing communities, or to start a new one, locate and select the green and white Communities icon on the left side of your Google+ page (see screenshot above.) The steps for creating a community including deciding to make it Public or Private, choosing a unique name for the community, writing a description, and inviting people to the forum space.

Those wishing a join a Private community must request a membership from the moderator. Private communities can be hidden from web search results; however, the name and photo of a private community that’s hidden from search will still be visible to people who type in or directly visit the community’s web address.

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Google+ Communities can of course include media posts (photos, videos, calendar events) and links just like regular Google+ pages.

Source: TechCrunch

  1. Shelly Olmstead
    January 3, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Not too sure how I feel about the communities as of yet, but I'm sure I'll grow to appreciate them, just how I grew to appreciate Google+ itself as its own social network (I really see no way you can compare it to Facebook, outside of the fact that it's a social network, its user interface is quite different).

  2. Mac Witty
    December 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Noticed it - an explosion. Maye they could have "check" and tell people that there already are a couple of groups with the same content before creating a new one. I got a lot of invitation to groups with nearly the same topic

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Good suggestion, Mac. You should post your feedback in the G+ Community Group.

  3. Pranav Mahajan
    December 9, 2012 at 5:11 am

    couldnt find muo community

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 10, 2012 at 4:24 am

      We will probably eventually create one, particularly if readers like yourself are asking for it. Thanks.

  4. Anonymous
    December 9, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I like it so far. It is more interactive!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Michael, you don't find some of the threads to get too long and linear?

  5. Ashwin Ramesh
    December 9, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Following the footsteps of Orkut I guess... but yeah, Google bought Orkut ;) I always liked Orkut for it's communities though... So all the better now :)

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 10, 2012 at 4:23 am

      I never heard of Orkut. Was it a community based network?

      • Ashwin Ramesh
        December 10, 2012 at 4:25 am

        Seriously?! Orkut was the next big thing among social networks... until Facebook arrived ;) You can still check out http://www.orkut.com . But hardly anyone uses Orkut these days...

        • James Hudson
          December 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

          oo that the thing youtube has when you goto accounts! is it still a thing?

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