Google+ continues to evolve into one of the greatest social network/community platforms available (the best in my opinion). Many skeptics claimed it would become another failed Google project, constantly referring to it as a ghost town. If you’ve ever used Google+, then you already know what a crock those claims are, and in fact, Google+ is growing faster than ever.
According to Google: more than 500 million people have upgraded, 235 million are active across Google (+1’ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, connecting with friends in Search…), and 135 million are active in just the stream.
I certainly wouldn’t call that a ghost town.
Google is continually adding new features and enhancing the user experience by listening to user feedback. Google+ is truly a community driven machine, which may explain their most recent addition: Google+ Communities.
Google+ Communities is very similar to how we already use our circles. Many of us have set up circles for our most common interests, such as Android, Doctor Who, Bacon, etc. Google+ Communities are essentially a central hub for these interests and a place to gather and interact with those who share them.
Google+ Communities offer:
- Public or private membership to support all kinds of groups—from topics and interests to local neighborhoods to regular poker nights
- Discussion categories to find the conversations you care about most
- The option to start hangouts and plan events with community members
- The ability to share with your community from any +1 button across the web
Communities and the new Communities icon are expected to go live sometime today, however, we’re not seeing them yet on our end.
If you’d like to learn more about Google+ Communities or Google+ in general, follow the source link and think about joining the millions already enjoying the experience.
- Source Google Blog