Google+ Communities are a new tool from Google that allow users post information and start conversations on specific topics, interests, organizations, etc. Before we go into how to actually create a G+ Community let’s go over the four types of communities that can be created.
1. Public- Anyone can join
a. Great for meeting people on G+ to share interests
2. Public – Moderator approval needed to join
a. Anyone can request to join but moderators need to approve membership. Posts are still visible to public.
b. Great for sharing content but limiting who can actually post. University alumni groups, local communities, and private organizations can best benefit from this type.
3. Private – people find through search and request to join
a. Same structure as type 2, but all posts invisible to non-members until their membership is approved.
4. Private – Hide community from searches
a. Same as type 3, except that the group in completely hidden from search results.
Creating a New Community
Step 1: Click the communities icon on the left side of the Google+ menu.
Step 2: Click the red “Create a Community” button at the top right of the screen.
Step 3: Select whether you would like the community to be public or private. Refer to the types of communities above to help decide which best fits for your cause.
Step 4: Name your community. If this community is going to be public be sure to make sure your community name easily searchable and clearly represents your purpose.
Step 5: Click the “Create Community” button at the bottom right of “What kind of community are you making?” window.
Step 6: Add a photo and fill in your information.
Step 7: After you have filled in all the proper information you can begin to invite people into your brand new community!
Stay tuned for more information on Google+ communities and how to successfully manage your newly created community.