“Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever. 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.” - Vic Gundotra, Sr. VP Google
Whether it be text, audio or video, the web is where people share whatever it is that interests them and social networks are the driving force for such media as people come together to discuss particular topics that meet their particular interest. Google+ is one of those social networks.
Google+ has had their ‘Circles’ concept from the very beginning and it’s an effective way to share information with friends / family / associates / others that may have similar interests. It’s also a good means to keep track of (follow) those individuals as they voice their opinions here and there on different social topics. Overall, the Google+ Circles was sufficient to find people with similar interests and sort of categorize them as you follow them, but what Facebook did with bringing like minded people together in ‘Groups’ to discuss topics that interested them most, Google+ had never done. As one Google+ Commenter, Mike Keller, described it, “Facebook is full of people you know, Google+ is full of people who you want to know.”
Last week, Google+ came out with Communities; Google’s way to allow people with similar interests to engage in group discussions. Google+ Communities are a means to finally facilitate discussions by bringing people in Google+ together to discuss particular topics, on an on-going basis.
For instance, now if you have an Android circle, you have a place where you can go and write about Android or perhaps even get answers to questions answered more quickly:
Google lists the uses for Communities as a way to:
* Join public communities around your interest
* Start private communities with just the right people
* Plan events, start hangouts, and share from anywhere
To learn more about Google+ Communities, click here.