Collections on Google+ are like mini-blogs. In the context of the Stream, for you as follower, their biggest value is that they let you do the following:
(a) you can enable notifications for collections that are of particular interest to you,
(b) you can unfollow collections that are of no interest to you,
(c) you can follow specific collections of interest, without following the people that produce them (since you may be interested in that topic only, rather than only in the person).
With this in mind, an overview of some of my collections:
Activity-focused collections and notifications
I have many activity-focused collections, and am hoping they help ensure that open invitations to go hiking, swimming, mountain biking or ski touring don't go unnoticed.
If you ever see an old post of mine and think "why didn't I see this earlier?!", please consider turning on notifications for that collection. If you feel this would result in notification noise, please let me know so I can appropriately subdivide my collections some more, to make them work for you.
For all of these, it's important to note I'm based in Zurich, Switzerland - I should probably choose names to make that most obvious:
- Mountain Biking: https://plus.google.com/collection/0FOEU
- Road Cycling: https://plus.google.com/collection/srUEU
- Swimming: https://plus.google.com/collection/sZx2T
- Trail Running (and other running): https://plus.google.com/collection/kHT1T
- Ski Touring (and other skiing?): https://plus.google.com/collection/kjIfP
- Hiking and other Mountain Sport: https://plus.google.com/collection/U6lyT
- Multisport is perhaps not worth mentioning: https://plus.google.com/collection/k5ufP - I don't think it will become very active any time soon. It's more of a personal archive I suppose.
- Lindy Hop (swing dancing): https://plus.google.com/collection/8FEfP
Having an early activity-focused presence will hopefully help me stay in the thick of things, if a local community develops around these interests? If you have your own collections focused on these things, within reach of Zurich, give me a shout. :-)
General Interest shares
My most active collection used to be a catch-all General Interest collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/8HUiP
It's no longer so clear, I've split out Society, Politics and Civilization - everything about masses of people needing to live together on this planet: https://plus.google.com/collection/EjPDx
Some Tech-Specific Shares
I have a Google-focused collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/c6yUX - this is partly for specific-interest followers (people interested in Google, but not in me), but also partly for people that want to unfollow this collection. If any friends don't want to hear me talk about Google things (on account of them feeling I may be too biased for example, if they don't respect my ability to still be rational). ;-)
Cloudy with a Chance of Ads is related: https://plus.google.com/collection/keX4T - only occasional posts, here I post things I wrote related to "the Cloud" and the Internet economy in general, with a good dose of Google mixed in I'm sure, which I hope are more "philosophical and timeless" than general Google news.
The Online World: https://plus.google.com/collection/s21M9 - generally about the online services industry, this is where my "industry commentary" goes. (Used to be part of General Interest.)
Software Development: https://plus.google.com/collection/sjF9T - general shares on a topic actually related to my profession, surely I had to have something like this? :-) These posts aren't "general" enough for "General Interest".
Hugo's Tech Advice Corner: https://plus.google.com/collection/UUH0T - here I post things I particularly wish non-techie friends to see. Techie friends hopefully either already know, or have no need of these?
Dear LazyPlus: https://plus.google.com/collection/UZZzT - somewhat a counterpoint to the previous collection? This is where I ask questions that I hope someone would answer for me. Not always Tech related though.
That covers most of what I wish to highlight. I have some more - for example I wish friends residing in South Africa would enable notifications on https://plus.google.com/collection/kUNiP ("To: South African Residents!"), but that's perhaps wishful thinking. :) However if I ever get a question of "why didn't you tell me you were in South Africa?" following a quick visit, I might answer: "well, if you really want to know when I'm in town, enable notifications on this collection!" ;-P
You can of course see the full set of my collections that are visible to you at https://plus.google.com/+HugovanderMerwe/collections.