Collaboration and Google Plus Communities

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As Google Plus grows in popularity, we continue to receive more and more questions about its various features. One thing that continues to stand out is Google Plus Communities. Similar to groups in any other social network, a Google Plus Community is one of the best ways to find people with similar interests

We’ve found that while some people are familiar with Public Communities in Google Plus, a lot of people are not familiar with the Private Communities.

Private Communities are one of the best ways to gather together your friends, family or colleagues for rich, media filled interactions. One of our favorite features is the ability to collaborate on projects (via Hangouts) in a safe, secure environment.

If you want to learn more about how you can implement Google Plus Private Communities in your work (or personal) life, check out this video from our friends at LTech.

To Create a Private Community:

  1. Click on the Communities icon  in the vertical navigation bar on the left-hand side of your Google+ page
  2. Click on the Create A Community  button at the top of your screen
  3. Select Private, then name your Community
  4. You can then choose to hide your community from search, or allow people to find it on their own. If you’re creating a private community for you organization, I suggest hiding it from search.
  5. Customize your community by photo, tagline, about and various discussion sections.
  6. You will then be prompted to invite members to join. You can invite people individually or by circles (great for easily inviting your entire organization).

Comments (3) Write a comment

  1. Neat ^^

    I’ve never given a look to Google Communities. I havent realized to benefit in collobarating inside teams.

    My question : is google group dead ?

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  2. Thanks for this video!
    How do Google Communities differ from Google Circles? That is, wouldn’t we have the same functionality if we simply started a Hangout and invited one of our circles (and thus all the people within that circle)?

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    • Heather,

      Circles are your personal way of organizing your connections on G+. It also allows you to post directly to a certain group of people, but these people may not have the same Circles as you.

      On the other hand, Communities as more like a traditional group or message board. They allow everyone in the group to post in a single place where all of the content can be consolidated, and moderated if needed.

      In your particular case there isn’t much difference, but there are plenty of other ways to use Circles / Communities beyond Hangouts.

      Hope that helps!

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