Is it just me who can’t hear the word “community” without seeing this:
Ok, moving swiftly on… It’s no secret that I love me a bit of Google Plus action. I can’t say I’ve been holding out for communities and I already enjoy using Facebook Groups. However, predictably, when they were announced I got stupidly excited and promptly signed up for 10:
- Freelance Lifestyle
- Blogging UK
- Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed & Small Business
- Google+ Discuss
- Hangouts on Air
- Plain Social
- Vaginal Fantasy Book Club
In my job it’s important to know about the functionality for all the latest social updates and what better way to do that than to start your own! Instead of a digitally focussed community, I went with one of my hobbies so if you do a bit of writing on the side please come over and check it out: All the world’s a page…
So far I’m really enjoying the discussions but of course I expect the burn out in a few weeks when the novelty wears off. Hopefully this will bring a few more users on board as I find Google Plus is a great network for business and communities are another great tool to add to Hangouts, Hangouts on Air and Events.
With that in mind, here are my observations so far:
- Easy to set up and can have a Page as moderator
- Both private and public are available
- Events and Hangouts are integrated into the groups
- For beginners, it’s a great way to follow some relevant discussions and really expand your news feed
- Categories are a GREAT idea. Being able to categorise your discussion within a group really helps you to follow the most interesting threads easily
- You can’t modify the privacy settings after the community has been set up (I’m hoping this will change shortly)
- Community updates are part of your main feed and can’t easily be filtered out without viewing Circles
- You can’t post to multiple groups at the same time (picky I know, but I would find this very handy)
If you are looking for a network which is less personal than Facebook and livelier than LinkedIn with the added openness of twitter, Google Plus is worth a look.
What are your thoughts on G+ Communities so far?