Ever since Google Plus was first launched, it has received mixed reviews from its users. Some love the new social networking website, whereas others feel their time would be better spent perusing Facebook or Twitter. When Google Plus launched their newest feature, known as 'Communities', last Thursday, however, it was met with thunderous applause.
To use the new 'Communities' feature, users will have to create a Google Plus profile (another clever ploy to get more people to sign up). Users are then afforded a number of benefits, including:
- The ability to create a ‘Community’ surrounding a specific topic or interest; it can be made public or private.
- The moderator can organise conversations be creating multiple topics or categories within the 'Community'.
- The ability to schedule events or to start hangouts with other members of the 'Community' or the category in question.
- The ability for users to share the 'Community' with others, both members of Google Plus and those outside of the social network.
According to Google Plus, they have 500 million users signed up for profiles with 135 million of these users considered 'active'. The launch of this attractive new feature is hoped to encourage even more users to sign up and to entice inactive users to rejoin the social networking site.
As of yet, there is no mobile support for this remarkable new feature, but Google Plus has said that they will be introducing this capability for 'Communities' at some point in the near future. To learn more about this great new feature and to see it in action for yourself, visit your Google Plus profile today (or signup if you’ve previously been holding off).