Google+ launches new “communities” feature

communitiesThe “circles” model has always been a bit confusing on Google+.  While it works great for posting content to a specific “circle” of your friends, it wasn’t an effective way to get a group of people together for ongoing conversations.  With the launch of the new “communities” feature on Google+, that problem has been solved.

The new feature is clearly modeled after Facebook’s “groups”, but takes it a bit further.  You can create public or private communities, easily set notifications per community, and they’ve just updated their mobile app to take advantage of this new feature.  In addition, the spam controls have been well-designed — I’ve seen a few posts appear in communities in which I moderate that say “This post might be spam” and give you the option to remove it before it goes live.

It’s ultimately not much different from Facebook Groups, but it fills a substantial hole in the list of features on Google+.

Here’s a quick video showing how it works:

The best way to experience this new feature is to simply go out there and try it for yourself.  Visit the main Communities page and search around, or join one of the existing communities on topics like Evernote, WordPress, Google Earth, Parenting and thousands of others.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey is GreenMellen's token “tech guy” and his skills are greatly valued on the GreenMellen team. With over 9 years of WordPress experience and a passion for helping others, you will often find Mickey leading a North Atlanta-based MeetUp, All Things WordPress. He is also highly involved in social media and knows the ins and outs of everything from Facebook to Google+. There’s no denying Mickey’s brain is a good one to pick!

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