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Google Introduces Google+ Communities, Says 135 Million People are Active in Streams

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Along with Snapseed, Google also introduced Communities into Google+, this morning. Communities, as the name suggests, are more permanent groups of people with common interests that you can join and be an active part of. You can share ideas or thoughts, join Hangouts with fellow group members, plan events with them, and even +1 things from across the web, right to the group. It’s a much easier way to converse with like-minded people than the old way, which was spending hours upon hours finding interesting people and then creating a Circle.

Also, Google announced that more than 500 million people have “upgraded” to Google+, that 235 million people come close to interacting with it because they use other Google products, and that 135 million are actually active in streams.

Via:  Google Blog

  • http://www.jacobcurtis.co/ Jacob Curtis

    Game changer!

  • Geoff Johnson

    Leave facebook for the 12 year olds, G+ is for everyone who actually wants to be a part of intelligent and meaningful posts and discussions.

  • Tyler

    Facebook needs to die off like … now. Im ready for something new.

  • Silver Veloz

    I still haven’t made the switch all the way to Google+ yet. I go into it here and there. I still have to figure out to make sure I don’t post stuff that goes public vs just to friends. I know it’s probably simple, but I haven’t taken the time. Communities I may look into, because you are connecting by similar interests and not “friending” people. Most of my friends are still on FB.

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    Similar to Facebook groups?

    • TheWhiteLotus

      Yes, or subreddits.

  • http://twitter.com/kejar31 Justin Rogers

    I see this as jab right at Twitter..

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackson.emch Jackson Emch

    I wish more people would use Google+ because it’s just generally better. That and Google just does more interesting experimental stuff and it generally works out, besides Buzz and Wave, let’s not mention those.

    • Liam Bulkley

      Wave IS fantastic.
      Truly next gen stuff.
      Thankfully google donated the code and it’s now an Apache project with the title “Wave in a Box”.
      Fantastic tool for communication/collaboration.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jackson.emch Jackson Emch

        I haven’t heard anything after the initial announcement of it and after Buzz I didn’t look into it. If I actually have a need to use it, then I’ll try it.

  • http://twitter.com/batfandotcom Ben Rollier

    Would love to make the jump from Facebook to G+ but, unfortunately like 90% of my friends aren’t on it.

    • Havoc70

      Same here, i did close my FB account though hoping more friends would move over to G+

      • michael arazan

        Everybody should just post at the top of your FB account, “Moved to Google+, you can find me there, without all the intrusiveness of FB.”

    • Go Hawkeyes

      A lot of my smart friends love G+ and would love to use it instead of Facebook. But unfortunately, all of my dumb friends and family members are too afraid to try the “new Facebook” as some of them call it. Personally, I just avoid using either.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Better call the wambulance… man, the social media world is just such a jungle. Thank God I am one of the few smart enough to stay away from the time wasting vortex of useless chatter.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      I had to get rid of Facebook. I got sick and tired of seeing a nonstop barrage of wedding and ultrasound photos. Facebook is so self-indulgent. It’s just “me me me me me”. So petty and not interesting. I enjoy twitter because you can actually follow and discuss topics. And I know a lot of you are thinking “herp but you can do that on Facebook too derp”. Yeah, you can, but nobody does. All it is is look at pictures of me and comment on lame inside jokes. Will you “like” my post? My self esteem depends on it.

    • TheWhiteLotus

      You just create one anyway, and invite them all. If you don’t, then it’s catch-22. Someone has to join first.

  • http://gplus.to/boojay boo Jay

    G+ continues to grow at a breakneck pace and just amazes me. If I were FB, I’d be really worried. The interaction, quality of content, and interface leaves all other social media in the dust.

    • JetBlue

      Yeah it’s great but nobody knows about it so they still to FB and Twitter.

      • http://gplus.to/boojay boo Jay

        Untrue, I get zero interaction on Twitter or Facebook, but can barely keep up on Google Plus.

  • Phil

    I still look at google plus find some interesting stuff, but none of my friends use it at all. Hopefully people will start to adopt it more

  • DanWazz

    Hmmm, maybe this could put some life into it.

  • CodeToJoy

    I really like Google+, but rarely use it due to none of my friends using it.

    • TheWhiteLotus

      Invite them. They probably don’t use it because you rarely use it.

  • kapeman

    Maybe not for you, but for me Google+ is dead.

    • billy routh

      Google+ is to find people with the same interests as you. Not so much for your real friends who mostly post useless crap anyways.

      • Alan Paone

        It was supposed to be a facebook killer, but since nobody’s friends are on it, its evolved into a place to talk to people and like-minded nerds you don’t actually know

        • Tabitha Johnson

          I agree with you, and surprisingly find this superior.

        • Brent Stewart

          No. Google never once claimed Google+ was supposed to be a FB killer. People who were sick of FB’s crap looking for something better and the tech blogosphere called it a FB killer. G+ is EXACTLY what Google intended it to be. I left FB well over a year ago because it’s ME ME ME ME and not engaging at all. Haven’t looked back not even once.