You should have been grumbling of an important feature that Google’s social network, Google+ misses. Yes, the communities’ option. You might have been worrying for not able to share views or chat on the topic “Philately”, since none of your friends, relatives or members in your circles share your passion. Google gets you out from this unpleasant situation creating the ‘communities’ option, where you get the opportunity to connect with strangers who share your passion. Very similar to Facebook’s Groups option.
The announcement came from Vic Gundotra, Google’s Senior Vice President, at the Search Marketing Expo (SMX).
Vic Gundotra opines –
“We started Google+ in the first place to make online sharing as meaningful as the real thing. Too often, our online tools miss the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions, and Google+ aims to fix this. Fortunately we’ve got a vibrant community to guide us. What’s been missing, however, are more permanent homes for all the stuff you love: the wonderful, the weird, and yes, even the things that are waaay out there.”
See what Vivek has updated in his Google+ page below,
Google+ has 500 million users, and the added communities option will certainly raise the count to a whopping 1000 million in the near feature. Really a threat to Facebook!
There are two types of communities –
Public will have access to whomever searches in Google, finds you and your posts, comment on them.
Private option will only allow people to find you in the community and view your posts, but they will not have access to comment on your posts.
However, Google+ communities are not available for public right now.