When folks complained about Google plus I usually didn't pay much attention. However, the one glaring design hole in the social network driven by interests, was that you followed people, not interests. If someone posts many posts a day on a large variety of subjects, all you could get was the firehose or nothing.
Now, I'm not sure how well folks will use this, but I'd love to see a few of my favorite Google people sort their posts this way. (Just between you and me, I particularly hope that this might wall off a bit of the spam and tone down the topics in my stream that I try to avoid, like politics.)
So expect to see some experimental "collections" posts from me. I'm hoping that this feature will actually make posting on a variety of topics that interest me more effective. After all, I'm here for engagement.
Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.
Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.
Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow.
Collections is available on Android and the web, and iOS is coming later. For Android users, make sure to update your Google+ app to get access to Collections.
For inspiration on interesting topics, check out our Featured Collections page here: g.co/collections
Create your collections today and share what you love.
If you have questions then also be sure to check out our Help Center content http://goo.gl/zyIVMH; if you still can’t find an answer then please post your question in the Collections subcategory.
Moritz & Claire