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Right from the beginning of Google+, many of us realized that this network was a place you could come and connect with the people who share your interests. But the technology encouraged a Facebook-like connection with your friends and family.

Now Google+ fully supports this "interest network" model with the powerful new Communities support. 
Google+ Communities - Here Is Why It Will Change EVERYTHING!

Over the last several weeks I have been in multiple discussions with Google employees, Google+ super users and pretty much everyone in social media discussing how Google+ could catch and surpass Twitter and Facebook.  Well, today Google+ released that product - Google+ Communities.

The biggest limitation to Google+ is the inability to direct outgoing posts to a specific audience.  As I have stated many times, I would love to go into "Twitter" or interest mode during a college football game and post short bursts of meaningful information.  Unfortunately, my following on Google+ does not want to see Jesse Wojdylo talking about sports at a clip of 20 posts per hour.  They would rather see long, well thought out posts like this one.  This limited me in my niche of sports, finance and events.

That has all changed with Google+ communities.  I will now have the ability to create a community of sports fans in which I am the moderator.  If the fans do not like my high level of activity during sporting events they can simply leave the community or not check the community page during major events that I am watching or attending.  I know, I know, but Jesse why don't you just use Twitter.  Well, here is why....

"There are four modes for creating a Google+ Community, two public and two private. All content from public groups is indexed and discoverable through search on Google+. You can create a public group that anyone can join and post to or one where only moderators can post but anyone can comment and view. You can also create a private group that is members only but which can be discovered by search."

Yes. Yes! YES!!!

If you look at some of my past discussions this is exactly what we have all been looking for.  The ability to have a private discussion with a specific group that can also be discovered in search.  I cannot even express how amazing this is.  When I am going crazy and posting about the BCS National Championship game all of my following will not see it but those searching phrases on Google+ will see the community and recognize me as a "somewhat" expert on this subject.  YES!

Google+, you did it.  You did exactly what we asked and I cannot thank you enough.  

#googleplus   #googlecommunities  
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"Here Is Why It Will Change EVERYTHING" how many times have we heard this?
No geek alive has anything but love for forums.
This is a move in the right direction by Google.
Lasso some of the forum users and bring 'em over to G+ !
Awaiting the Virtual Star Party Community, and all the others.
Well, if you look back at the original announcement from Google, you'll notice I've already got the Space community lined up.
I'm going to be punishing my F5 key today waiting for the communities button to appear. Do you have a direct link to the Space community, +Fraser Cain?
Nice! I can't wait for it to go live.
Looking forward to being one of the first Space cadets!
I wonder how we're going to find out about these Communities? I had no idea Audi even had a page, to be honest.
I have been waiting for this since +Coursera launched their fall classes this semester, this is going to be great for people who want to form study groups in MOOCs or even just in college. I just hope it has all the right features.
Sometimes pressing F5 isn't enough, wait a bit and then try clearing cookies in browser
Ha! I guess I can find out now if I've placed people in the right circles.
What do you mean you don't like the orange jello community? You post all the time about orange jello.

When Events was first rolled out, I joined a few people testing it out and it felt very much like an old BB since there was no real event to rally around. I'm curious to see how Communities varies from a BB or  forum. Maybe it will be a forum, just with shinier buttons.
This reminds me of when Google released the blog post and YouTube video on their new and improved Google search app for iOS and than Apple delayed it for months lol
+Fraser Cain Are people going to be able to create their own space community? (not that they wouldn't want to be in yours because it will likely be the best)

Can anyone post to it, or do you approve and moderate?
I know, I know, but Jesse why don't you just use LiveJournal?
...and what, if any, limitations are you going to put on "Adult" communities?
When will this be made available for everyone?  I have quite a lot of uses for this.
+Alex Ander It looks like it's only rolling for certain people, based on the blog post.  I'm wondering the same thing. 
Please let us know when you roll out the Space community, +Fraser Cain.  Like in any diverse ecosystem, we'll want to start specializing and creating a multitude of "focused communities" but a few big "home rooms" will be extremely helpful in getting those started.  I'm guessing Space will be one of them!
Fantastic. THIS is what G+ is for. I will be one of the first people to sign on to the Space Community when you've got it up and running, and I've got idea to start Communities of my own.
This is exactly what G+ needs.  It is really difficult to find people without promotion from a G+'er with a big following.  This will promote self inclusion.
I'm confused about the difference between Communities and Pages - ?
+Alan Cann A Page is a broadcast tool, while Communities are about conversations. Everyone will be able to post topics into the Communities, not just the owner.
+Fraser Cain What is the point of the owner then? Do you know what the role will be, or what functions the owner has?
+Jonathan Langdale I think the owner will act as an admin/moderator, the same as moderators work on discussion forums. I think... I have no idea, though.
meh... everything will "change everything"; this is just a logical expansion of the circle concept (crossed with the hashtag), because sometimes you want to post something "public" - i.e. allow reshare by anyone -, but don't want to annoy people who follow you and don't find themselves at the intersection of your interests (for me, that would be photography in general, concert photography, rock / metal, science, programming, sysadmin-ing, open source, DIY <many things>...)

I don't really like the idea of an "owner", though; after all this time one would think that Google learned some things about community moderation from Slashdot and its imitators, but apparently it's not the case...
Fraser Cain is the man!  

Being an artist (Photography) I totally see and more importantly.  "get" how this will help my  new project - Running a free contest called "Rock Stars of Photography Competition" that we have starting in a few days, a project of passion (And giving something back!) the contest will be lasting 13 months.  

I want this incredible tool! Someone BRING IT to Big Daddy this Instant!  

I always thought Google+ was the better CIRCLE to be in.  Information is more spot on and researched.  Being a love of quality meats, (STEAK MAN!) I seen Google+ as being the Top Top, Grade Beef!  

Facebook, it has it's place in the meat market too - but I always have to trim a load of fat.  Face Book is fun - cheaper and the meat is like FAST FOOD.  Weird ingredients - like say Taco Bell and McDonald's.

Fraser!  Congrats!  Pleasure to be in your circles always!  (Loved seeing you highlighted by Google+) and especially loved seeing the interaction with the beautiful girls!

You always teach Big Daddy new things and I thank you in advance for all your future posts. 

(Your kind to people too..)  Which is also refreshing!  

Rock on!  I can not wait to see how this pans out!  It's a Home Run bud!  No!  A Grand Slam!

You are a true Big Daddy Rock Star Fraser!   
Saw the video and thought you guys seemed to have a really nice community. Glad everyone found everyone :)
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google, you've broken my youtube...Im not gonna stop crying until you fix it. 
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