Communities are an incredible new feature from Google Plus! I want to share what I’ve learned so far and also a few more thoughts on their nature. No matter whether you are into photography, business, education, fashion, or just about anything…there could well be communities already available for you to join, or you can make them yourself…It is a little like forming orjoining a tribe!
“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another. A group needs only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate.” ― Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
You may choose to think about Google+ communities as ‘destinations’ on the Internet, and in particular within Googleverse itself. They’re a bit like message boards, but socially integrated. These are virtual habitations where you exist for the time in which you reside your attention; withdrawing your attention means you up sticks, temporarily or permanently.
Google Plus Communities are a great tool for Commoogling on Google+! For more great Google+ videos check out the “Are You Commoogling?” video series page.
(Video) Google+ Communities Overview
- What is a Community?
- Public vs Private Communities
- Choosing the categories of posts
- How to turn off notifications
- How to add people to Circles from the Community
- Recap: How to interact on posts
- How to start a Community Hangout
- How to leave a Community and report abuse
- Community Guidelines
- Searching within a Community
- How to join a Community
- Searching for Communtities
Types of Communities
“Public” in this case means that anyone can view posts made to the community and that it is visible in search.
You can, however, require that anyone who wishes to join have the approval of a moderator. It’s a bit more work but it is likely to cut down on spam if users must be approved before joining. Consider adding a few trusted partners to help moderate the community with you.
If the moderators check their profile they will get an idea to the nature of the person. If, however, the person ‘misbehaves’ whilst in the club, they can be booted from it.
These are like tribes within gated communities – some are totally hidden, others are available to be found and then people will be able to ‘knock on the door’ by requesting an invite.
In a Private community you cannot share content outside of the community, so you don’t post with the mentality of encouraging people to want to share it. This is rather different for many of us on Google+. As such, the energy has to be generated by the individuals themselves.
The discussion needs to flow and the people need to relate, to each other and to the content.
Note: In all communities people can be ‘removed’ (but this only means they could return to a public one) or ‘banned’.
So, what does this all mean for content compared to circles and the stream? Well, when you have circled people you are choosing the nature of the content you see in your stream. You don’t like the content, you uncircle them. When you are in a community, if you don’t like the content…you choose to leave.
The development of Google+
Google Plus now is now even more rich and complex in nature. As such, a new mental model will develop where we ‘get our heads past it’! There are tribes forming, some will last a short time and others will work long term for the community members involved. Exciting times and this can only increase the ease for people to join Google+ over the coming months. Let’s see what happens next in this great adventure…
Extra useful information:
Public: anyone can start a Hangout; the same as on a public post
Private: anyone can start a Hangout, but it appears as an invite on the Community page as being from that page. This means users can have multiple people start multiple Hangouts from a private community.
Sending someone a link to the post
Public Community: You can send the link in the same way as usual. Or click on the date stamp.
Private Community: If you click on the date stamp you can then share the link. People who are in the Community will be able to see the posts to which you refer. If they are not in the Community, they can’t.
Public: Anyone can start an event
Private: Anyone in the community can start an event from the community
As a person you could also invite the ‘community’ to an ‘event’ but that would not come from the community page. Instead, you would need the ‘community page’ to be the one to invite and to select the ‘community’ as the recipients. [Please note, I am still testing out some of these features!]
I hope you have fun meeting with kindred spirits as you continue to build your global network.