Google+ Communities Launched
It’s been quite long that Google+ stepped into the social networking with Google+, with the hope to replace the Facebook as the best social networking website. Well, though the things have not gone in the way Google expected them to be, but still this social networking website has got good user base of over 500 million users. Although, Facebook is still on the no.1 spot , but Google is trying hard and is coming up with new features to change the flow of users from Facebook to Google+.
In the series of new features of Google+, Google has announced a new feature, Google+ Communities. This new feature will spur more and more groups to use Google+. Google+ communities feature will combine the group functions into this social network. In simple words, Google+ Communities are online groups highly focused to a particular topic like, to a specific game, team etc.
Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior VP of engineering, stated that:
“We started Google+ platform in the first place to make online content sharing as meaningful as the real thing. Too often, our online tools miss the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions, and Google+ platform aims to fix this. Fortunately for us and you, we’ve got a vibrant community to guide us.”
Google also announced that till date, over 500 million accounts have been created, 235 million people have used at least one feature of Google+ and 135 millions of people visit it monthly. This is more than the count of month September, which was 100 million. But Google did not announce anything related to the average time for which a user stays active on Google+.
Well, you might be already familiar that groups are a part of web, from its beginning and you might have used any groups as well. This communities feature will bring a new experience to groups. All the big fishes of online world offer the same kinda group products and Google itself started the Google Groups. When asked about it, Google said that it will continue to support the Google Groups in the same way, as it’s doing.
Talking about the features in Google+ Communities, one interesting fact is that the users can shares links in the communities, directly from the web, by +1’ing the webpage, that they want to share. Now, clicking on the 1 button will bring a pop-up box, from where you can share the link in the groups.
Moreover, Google is concerned about the privacy of the communities, that users will be creating. As different users demand different level of privacy, so you will have four privacy options with communities. The first one is ‘Private’ and if you set this status to your community, then no one can join it or even can search it as well. The second one is ‘Private’ but searchable. The Google+ Communities, set with this privacy status, can search the communities but these will be ‘Private’ still. The next privacy option will make the Google+ Communities, to be accessed by anyone but to be joined only one moderator’s approval. Without the moderator’s approval, one can’t post in such Google+ Communities. The last privacy option is of ‘Public’ that will make your Google+ Communities to be accessible by any user. Any user can share posts as well.
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Google is expecting to get positive results of this new feature so as to take their social network, to a new level. This is what Google’s view over it? But what’s your view? What do you think about Google+ Communities feature? Is it going to be highly appreciated by Google+ users or not? Drop your answers in the comment section below.