Collections for Google+
Collections for +Google+
is officially launched! Despite what some people might have said, Collections is NOT
Pinterest for Google+. I'd like to share my take on it:So what is it?
To put it simply, it's basically a way to do content control for your posts. With Collections you'll be able to separate your posts into different categories, and your followers will be able to follow only posts that interest them. You control what you want to see!Why is it needed?
Google+ has been known to be a place for engage other people with similar interests. But let's face it, people have multiple interests and you might agree with some, but not the others.
For example, you might follow a person because he likes technology, but don't care too much about his food posts. Before Collections, you'll see posts related to both categories. With this feature you can simply follow the person's Collection about technology, and unfollow the person's Collection about food. It's a way to customize what you see on your stream.Things to keep in mind
Collections is a very powerful tool, but you need to use it carefully. Depending on how you use it, it will grow your users engagement, or it can destroy it. It works if people play along with the rules. When your followers follow your Collections, they trust you that you'll provide contents related to the topic.
If you abuse it, with one single (unfollow) button click your followers won't see your Collection posts again on their stream (they'll still be able to see it from your Profile). The good side is that if you curate your Collections properly, you'll generate more views from people that are following the Collections even though they're not following your profile. Some limitations
Right now there are no ways to pin a post, or share a post to more than one Collection. There's also no way to put a brief description your Collection other than the title. You also can't move a post directly from one Collection to another (you have to remove the post from the Collection, then add it to another).
So what do you guys think? Are you excited with Collections? Have you thought any good use cases? Feel free voice your opinions in the comments!
P.S. I've made a few Public Collections:Adventures with Pegman
My little project of taking photos with the +Google Local Guides
Pegman pins in interesting placeshttps://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/4vYCXAndroid Collectibles
My obsession related to Android mini figurineshttps://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/I4LuRTravel Talk
Photos from my trips around the worldhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/I3tpRAdventure Through Glass
It documents my experience experimenting and playing around with +Google Glasshttps://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/4AppRTech with Google
Posts related to anything related to Google technology (gadgets, culture, program, events, etc)https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/giOpREverything Delicious
Yes, I take photos of my food :)https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/4GMpR