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How to – Google+ Communities

This week Google+ introduced Communities – which are much like Facebook Groups, a place where you can gather together with like-minded people and chat about chosen topics. The Google Official Blog tells us that the options are as follows.

  • Public or private membership to support all kinds of groups—from topics and interests to local neighborhoods to regular poker nights
  • Discussion categories to find the conversations you care about most
  • The option to start hangouts and plan events with community members
  • The ability to share with your community from any +1 button across the web

Anyone can create a community on anything they like, and invite people to join.

How to start a Google+ community

This is quite simple to create as we saw yesterday with so many invites for communities coming through it was overwhelming, but if you need help follow these instructions.

  1. Go to the communities icon on the left
  2. Click the red button on the top right (create a community)
  3. Make it public or private – and name the community.
  4. Click create a community
  5. Now its created you have a number of options
  6. You can…
  7. Write a tagline
  8. Add a photo
  9. Fill in About you
  10. Add discussion categories – this is helpful to set up as it make finding posts much easier.

When you’ve done all that – Click done and then you can invite people to your community – don’t invite everyone in all of your circles - that’s just annoying for people getting invites – be thoughtful and go through to choose people who you think will fit this particular subject.

Then go back to your community and I would set notifications to off. This is under your photo as a bell icon. I say this because – when the communities became available everyone decided to create one or two some much more than that – and there were so many notifications it was crazy. Or you could just leave it to members to turn off.

How to turn off notifications in  a Google+ community

As I said these notifications were driving me crazy yesterday – it was a complete overload and the lovely Lisa Mason said, why don’t you turn them off ….. oh yeah! :) And peace was restored to my Google+ ! 

Go to the community and click the bell icon as you would for your own community. Peace!

How to turn off email notifications for Google+ communities

You can even turn off getting those pesky emails every 5 mins! 

  • Click on the Cog on the right hand side of Google+ profile page.
  • Click settings
  • Scroll down until you see – Communities.
  • Invite me to a Community - Email – Phone, untick these.

 

Now I’ve turned all those off, Google+ is a much better place.

How to find your communities

So you’ve joined some communities and now you want to get stuck in and join in with the discussions but you’ve turned off notifications….(this was my worry at first).

Click the communities tab on the left and it will show all of your communities, if there is a red number on the corner of the picture, this means that you have unread messages in that community.

On this page you can also discover other communities you might want to join.

That’s all of the how to’s I can think of at the moment, if there is anything that you need help with or can help us with on this subject please write it in comments here, and I’m sure I can find out for you or I can add it here.

It seems so far we are loving these new groups and its really getting people communicating and reconnecting again on Google+ I think it might have been a wise move!

Hope this helps

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Michelledh

Lover of Social Media/Networking, Digital comms, technology, computing, blogging, gadgets, music, and art. Modifying a written novel.
  • writerlisamason

    Great intro post to the G+ Communities. It’s interesting to see how this will all pan out over time but I have a lot of people asking me the basics so I will send them this link. :)  

    • http://techieminx.com/ michelledh

      Thanks lisa, that’s great, please do :) xx 

    • http://techieminx.com/ michelledh

      Thanks Lisa :)  

  • http://twitter.com/JimZboran Jim Zboran

    Thanks for laying out the process in a simple step-by-step form (and for the helpful hints included).  Piece of cake, and didn’t even have to work through G’s instructional maze.  Much appreciated :)

    • http://techieminx.com/ michelledh

      wow you are welcome Jim, thanks for the comment :)  

  • http://twitter.com/annelizhannan Anneliz Hannan

    Michelle:
    Thanks for the tutorial. I just am having trouble getting my head wrapped around how to post to public and also to a specific community. Do I use a hashtag for the community or a +communityname. Do I make circles out of the communities. Right now I read my stream and then read my communities posts. I know I have missed something here. 

    • http://techieminx.com/ michelledh

      Hi Anneliz 

      You can’t post to public and communities at the same time – I’m not sure how to + them but where you choose if you want to use public or circles, when you are posting – click add more people and right at the bottom you will see your communities to post to, you just click that and post. 

      Thats how I do it too with reading stream and posts but I like it that way. You might want to turn notification on in your communites? 

  • Sandy Appleyard

    Thank you!  Sigh….all I’ve seen so far is blogs promoting and hyping up this new Google feature, but nobody has actually taken the time to tell you how to use it!!!  Excellent post!  Thanks for sharing!

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