What's so good about the new G+ Collections(and also some tips)
I posted already about why I'm not going to be grouping my posts into Collections, but many people are finding this new feature extremely useful, and here's why:
1. on the consumer side, being able to opt out of posts on a particular topic by someone you do want to keep following - e.g. if you have a friend who geeks out about a particular subject you have zero interest in. This way you get to see less posts you're not interested in, and more posts you are
interested in seeing.
1a. Also, if there's someone you are generally not interested in following, but there's one topic they post about that you are
interested in - e.g. there's a person you find obnoxious but he's a really good photographer and you want to see his photos; or someone who posts lots of stuff you find boring, but also shares great Vegan recipes and you're a Vegan in desperate need of great recipes. So you could follow just that Collection, without even adding that person to your circles.
2. on the author side, that friend in #1 is now feeling free to post a lot more stuff about that specific niche area, because he/she knows he/she's not swamping people with stuff they're not interested in, because he/she knows we can opt out of those posts.
so it's a win win really.
it gives people more freedom to post more stuff, and also gives us all more control over what we see in our streams.a few tips while I'm on the subject
a. Yes, you can
move an existing post into a Collection: the new dropdown button next to the reshare button is a quick way of doing that. If you would like to say something about it though, you need to use the standard reshare button.
b. Yes, you can
change your mind. If you've made a Collection and decided this wasn't a good idea after all, you can delete the Collection - but you'll get a warning message saying that this would delete all the posts in that Collection, so don't do it before moving all the posts out of the Collection first! (The dropdown menu for a post in a Collection includes the option to move it out of there, so it goes back to where it was before.) (This is also useful if you want to move it to a different Collection - move it out of the first one, then move it to the other one.)
c. When you set up a new Collection, the default setting is that it will be included in your followers' streams. I highly recommend leaving it like that, so people don't need to do anything extra unless they specifically want to opt out. The default setting simply leaves the status quo as it is - someone who follows you has already been getting your posts unfiltered, so that's what they'd generally be expecting. And it's really not very hard to opt out.
d. if someone you're following has set up Collections, you'll start seeing that in your stream - each post that belongs to a Collection has a special heading, which links to the Collection the post is part of. Clicking on that link will take you there, so you can (1) see more posts from that Collection (2) opt out if you want to (3) set Notifications to On if you want to get notified of these posts in future. (I had a buggy experience with that but found that clicking Unfollow and then clicking Follow again did the trick.) (filed under: teething problems)
If you have questions or problems, ask at the G+ Official Help community - they have a section dedicated to Collections:https://plus.google.com/communities/115758385206378551362/stream/7572b3ef-97eb-48de-9bfa-566689641434
(I posted there about that buggy behaviour I mentioned, and got really good advice! much respect to the people who help out there - they seem to have amazing levels of patience!)EDIT: also, if you think Google have gone about this the wrong way, my post is NOT the place to discuss that. I don't represent Google and have no say in how they do stuff. If you want to submit feedback then use the Feedback button. If you want to rant, do so on your own posts. Thanks.
p.s. my post about why I don't personally see myself setting up separate Collections:https://plus.google.com/+MeiravMBerale/posts/5WAATZLQqiJ
p.p.s. I've now written a post about the differences between Collections and Pages:https://plus.google.com/+MeiravMBerale/posts/bfGt3unZk8A
p.p.p.s. I've just posted a bit about private Collections:https://plus.google.com/+MeiravMBerale/posts/7HW9z6ikGoY #Collections #Gplusupdates #Gplustips