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We've been hearing that you've wanted greater control over who can engage on your public posts. You can now follow the easy steps listed below to adjust your settings and create just the right experience for you on Google+:

1) Click G+ Account Settings.
2) Beside 'Who can comment on your public posts' click the drop down menu and choose from among the listed options, or select a custom group of circles or individuals.

Special Note: If someone is mentioned on your post, they'll be able to comment even if they're outside the scope you defined in this setting.

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how about if you don't want any old person commenting then just post to circles??
Oh and Natalie, I don't know if you know any Googlers working on Google Music. It's a great app and I use it constantly now, but I've got a suggestion for them - we need a way to make playlists easily editable, especially on the fly as a song is playing. Know anybody I could suggest that to?
This is a big step forward. Once we get blacklist functionality in addition to whitelist, it'll be absolutely killer (e.g. allow everyone to comment except my 'Kinda Trollish Sometimes' circle).
+Natalie Villalobos I just had a very concerning Google+ fail, one of my albums which should have been private and had private family photo's somehow went public. I double and triple check my albums to make sure they are private. Came home today to people sharing pictures of my kids. I was completely horrified. Thank goodness I have been able to get them taken down, but I was really a very unhappy camper.
Agree with Denis, amazing G+ features comin' at us.
Thanks +Natalie Villalobos That's a nice feature. I'm curious about the community guidelines. It seems that every time I bother to look at the profile of someone that has followed me, it's someone that is posting nudity shots. What's the enforcement mechanism?
+Andrew Craig I think this is mostly for people that get a lot of spam (or women that get guys hitting on them) in their comments but don't want to block others just from reading their posts
+Ivan cho En este momento no son capaces de hacer eso, pero hemos escuchado estos comentarios y ha compartido con el equipo de + Google.
+Tracy L. Crawford You can report this profile on their profile. You can block them as well. That's the best thing you can do. If you see content in your Incoming stream you can do either of these things or you can Ignore them so they don't come up again.
+Natalie Villalobos I did report, but surely it's a numbers game-algorithm based. More accurately there is a demand. For every post, there was at least 200 "pluses" and quite a few comments.

Seems like a losing battle for Google.
neither had I but I pretty sure I think I know what caused it. I wish you could use the feature you have to check how other people see your profile to see how they can see your albums. +Natalie Villalobos .
You can't do this on a per post basis though, right? I can see this useful for public announcements where you want to control the narrative and limit discussions, but if there's no way to determine what posts it applies to, it's slightly limiting.
Disaster. Hate it.

Randomly commenting on other's posts was a way to break the ice and meet new people. Takes me back to the issue of not being able to find my real world friends on Google+. Now how do you suggest we find new people?

I love the G+ experience, but you're making it hard.
I agree with +Andrew Craig , there doesn't seem to be much of a reason to limit who can comment on public posts. If you're worried about the comments you might get then post to your circles or lock the post from commenting. This just seems like a redundant privacy feature to me, privacy on "public" posts, that's an oxymoron.
+Seth Dochter I think the feature is for people who post a lot in public, and have high follower counts. Sometimes we get random spammy comments on our posts. It helps us filter things if we get tired of dealing with them.
For those suggesting people should use circles to control who has access to the post in the first place, the feature works great if you don't want your public message diluted by the comments left. People would still be free to share a post and add their own commentary to it.
+Jason Call I don't know how much this effects the men here but as a women, I love to post in public. I don't like when I get random "your eyes are beautiful" "lvrr you" "can wee be frinds" comments. It helps us moderate. If you don't like the feature don't use it but I have to chip in here because some of us women with higher circle count have been discussing this and we are all for something like this.
+Alex Ross so how are you picking who the "trusted users" are? your circles? couldn't you just create a circle for these instances? or is it different people every time maybe, i am just seeing the benefit.
I've got mixed feeling about this one. I feel a public post should be "part of the commons", but the arguments for restricting comments to prevent spam and harassment are strong too.
+Sunny Kataria I am not going to turn this feature on for now, but it is a feature I want to be there in case I want it. If someone has something valuable to say they can always +me, I almost always reply and I will add them to a circle so they can comment. I love meeting and interacting with new people. I don't like trolling, or random men saying inappropriate things to me.
+Sunny Kataria Strongly agree with you there. At the very least, if comments are restricted, the post has no business appearing on topic streams.
+Natalie Villalobos I noticed this feature. I'm still trying to decide - I hate not allowing those that circle me comment, even though I can't circle them back. MOSTLY because I've circled so many pages now. I may have to dump all my pages because, well, as much as I LIKE them, I like the people much more.
+Stephanie Daugherty agree. seems like everyone just posts public to reach more. gotta take the good with the bad (comments)
The worst examples. With comments able to be restricted, you get soapboxing and astroturfing by people who use to to promote a particular agenda. With them wide open, you get harassment and off topic remarks. Seems to me like the answer really is to pursue the abuse, rather than ruin commenting for everyone.
+Alex Ross okay, but how do you know whom the "inappropriate commenters" will be beforehand?
Some people who need it will use it, most will not - highly doubt this will "ruin" commenting. Nice to have the option if you need it, though.
+Maria Stepanov Sommerfield I get it, but I don't like it. Pretty much all of my posts are public, unless it's a one on one conversation. Of course I am not a woman and I don't make passes at other users, so I don't view the world through those glasses.

My concern is that people will turn off comments too often and close up. Ultimately making it much harder to freely communicate with strangers. Almost all of the people I have in circles are strangers and that's one of my favorite experiences in G+. If I wanna talk to my friends I'll go to Facebook and read through the dull drudgery of people complaint about EVERYTHING.

When I wanna talk to strangers with candy I go to G+.
Besides ... Don't people know how to flag inappropriate content anymore? They certainly don't know how to on Twitter.
+Seth Dochter trust me I think most of us will use it only if and when we need a break. Sometimes if you have a really high number of people circling you (much higher than mine, say like 50,000) you might get tired of moderating comments. It is there as a relief to help out those people that need it.
Ah, but that is a pretty big if +Maria Stepanov Sommerfield . I wonder how many people's profiles would be private like Facebook if they could completely wall them off.

I totally get your point, but i respectfully disagree. I think it could have a chilling effect. Only time will tell how people will use it.
I don't hardly ever post public. I don't know why you would want to unless you are a famous person or someone trying to get famous.
actually I think I see what you are talking about +Seth Dochter, too many kids and too long a day to think about it too much. But a little light just turned on.
If people use the feature specifically (or seemingly) to suppress dissent while soapboxing, would you really want to engage with that person anyway? There are tons of people out there who will leave commenting open to all, and so you can always find more people to circle and engage with who aren't going to limit commenters to certain circles (if you're really turned off by it).

There's always going to be way more public posts that randos can comment on than ones they can't - it's harder to get new followers and (perhaps) have interesting conversations if you limit your commenters than if you don't, and there are lots of people who want to do these two things.
IMHO, Google+ is still missing the number one requested feature from day one. Excluding circles/people from seeing and commenting on your public post.
Due of lack of such control, there are some people I don't feel comfortable adding at the moment.
Haha it's all good. I'm glad we could converse.

Now we're not strangers anymore.
It's always these little additions to G+ that I love the most =)
+Christina Kelly I would only be concerned that too many people would decide to close comments, and it become ingrained in the G+ culture to close up shop. Culture can change quickly, and I don't understand why Google would provide the tools to make the platform more close minded, when you can already limit who you share with. There are already an alarming number of comments here asking why people would even share publicly. It's a slippery slope.
I actually love the control given to the users. This is step in the right direction to reduce spam in G+ infancy stage. I love it. Thanks +Natalie Villalobos
I like the minimalist design and color Google uses across all their products. If you think about it all of their backgrounds are white and it works and most people like them. You might wanna check Microsoft's stuff if you don't like the white.
Steve E
Well it's nice to know you have a skinny ass :-)
+Maria Stepanov Sommerfield +Natalie Villalobos Re: photo sharing foo bar, did someone who had permission to the album reshared it to a different / wider audience? For posts, you get a warning when you reshare a private post but unless the poster locked the post, the system does not prevent you from doing so. I guess photo album needs a locking feature as well.
Werd, +Carter Gibson, but see +Mike Elgan's recent post on it. I wouldn't want to restrict who can comment based on circles. I think that's too heavy-handed. THERE'S GOT TO BE ANOTHER WAY! ;D
Greg M
Don't know if I will enable this as I do not mind strangers posting to a thread I started. However if Google could add something to the notifications icone to have allow more granularity wrt if you want notifications when added to circles or only when someone mentions your name in a post.
Interesting conversation about this. I like the thought of being able to perhaps limit on a per post basis, but I'm not sure I understand blocking entire segments all the time. Most of the time, why would you post publicly on a social network if you don't want interaction? And why would I listen to you if I knew you didn't want me included in the conversation?

The internet has plenty of outlets for broadcasting and consuming. I like G+ because of the social aspect and don't really need to follow people here who don't care about what I have to say anyway.
Half of these controls would be less necessary if people would simply learn the art of assertiveness, especially women. The younger the person, the more followers/plussers collected, than the greater is the likelihood of experiencing what some ladies are going through. It would be the same F2F, & you either learn to be assertive, or you get frustrated w/putting up w/a lot of B.S., but then wonder why?

I suggest starting w/rexamining your own public persona. Do you really want that photo of you in the shorty skirt & heels? Why not review/update your profile description for even more tantalizing details about how you like warm fuzzies, backrubs, etc. Otherwise, don't complain when 10% of plussers are weirdos.

Similarly, I've seen other gals deal with this by cursing to some alter-ego, dropping the F* bomb, which only brings on more guys, becoming a vicious cycle. However, since the squeaky wheel gets oiled first, here come the controls. But ladies please, be assertive and spare me the long-legged up the skirt angle-shot. Save it for your personal site: We know your hot & fabulous, but now so does the whole world. G+is global so get w/the program. As a veteran in the military one of the 1st things we're trained on when traveling overseas is to be aware of your surroundings. Don't become a target. Hello!!.
let the people govern themselves
I thought Circles handled the "Who can Comment" question and the community has the ability to monitor and report spam. This seems redundant and could lead to a closing off of G+ within it's own walls.+Natalie Villalobos The ability to comment & discuss openly on public posts with a wide & diverse G+ population is what is driving G+. Watching streams of posts that you can't comment or add value too will not be an inviting feature if people begin locking comments down.
On a post to post basis makes much more sense than a general setting. This is a feature that could have negative impacts on G+ if people stop communicating and the community begins to change. The main driver of G+ has been the ability to not only share but the ability to find, discuss and comment on interest & topics with the G+ community as a whole. Walling oneself off to a select few people is not what made G+ wonderful.
I agree with +Mike Elgan and wont be using this feature. I have a tweak to suggest though: After or while you post there should be a comments setting with the options - Open, Restricted, Closed. The default based on the users setting where they can choose the circles for Restricted. The all or nothing approach may not work for most users.
Thanks for all the great features keep them coming.
+Luisa Lu I think when they integrated the photo albums with G+ it gave people access to my albums. Someone went through and found an open album. The reason it was open was I shared it with a select group of friends. I assumed unless you have the link you can't see it. Well no not anymore any albums you have public everyone on G+ can see. So I guess part of it could have been my fault, but I don't think so. I think it is a Google fail. You should assume people don't want something seen in public unless the specifically say so. The privacy of my children is something I care passionately about, so I was horrified to see their photo's shared.
We could always sit on Yahoo if we wanted a one-way flow of information about every topic under the sun. Or worse, become the AOL of Social and view nothing but a stream of crappy content that just floats by with no purpose but for you to simply read.
Very useful post: because many people are not aware about what to write and how to write commenting : Lot thanks
The more I think about this the more I think its a bad idea +Natalie Villalobos. In the same way that Google's failure to provide the user stream controls suggested by #OGC gives the #fingerers power over what we can and can't see in our streams, this provision of a global whitelist instead of a targetted blacklist is a mistake.

At the very least highlight posts which we can't comment on, and then give us the ability to remove them from our streams! If I can't interact with the guy throwing his garbage in my stream, why should I see it floating by?
Public is public as far as I'm concerned. Publicly sharing a post and wanting to restrict who can comment, is akin to walking into a crowded street, shouting something out and then expecting to be able to select who can respond. Unless you wanted to artificially skew the appearance of an issue or peoples views/responses to it, there is no true reason to want to be selective with comments. Spam is a particularly weak excuse as nowadays people are pretty desensitized to it, as for pervs hitting on women, they'll do it anyway, as long as they can find your profile so there's (unfortunately) no way to avoid it when you enter a public forum, same as they would hit on you in a bar - thats a problem with society, not with G+.

As a side note +Alex Ross the reason +Sunny Kataria probably pegged you as an elitist would be your patronizing tone, it's usually a give away and although it annoys me, it does add a view to and expand this public discussion.
Wouldn't you just take these people out of your circle?...ok... this issue is specific to public posts. now i get it. my bad!
It needs an "Anyone but trolls and spammers" option. I like public interaction. I could just do without those who are contributing nothing to the conversation.
Nope. This feature hurts interaction. What is more, you don't know you can't comment until you have written the comment, and clicked "Post comment." It is a failure to show the comment link to a user who is not allowed to comment.
+Jon F Hancock With all due respect, you are wrong about " don't know you can't comment until you have written the comment, and clicked Post comment." How do you know that the Comment link is shown to a user who is not allowed to comment? Are you just assuming?
+Peter Pawlak, I know that because it has happened to me twice in the past two days. I clicked comment, wrote the comment and clicked the post button. Then G+ told me that I was not allowed to comment, and grayed out the comment link.

Is there some indicator that you have seen and I have not?
+Alex Ross It's more a case of late to the party, rather then suddenly offended. I have no more like of your other methods mentioned, I've just not been involved in any debates on this issue before. I am definitely a newbie when it comes to social networking and generally use it as one of many information sources. Personally, I can say that if I were to constantly find that when I went to comment on something that has been shared in a forum I have access to (either public or from someone who has me in a circle) I would very quickly find this frustration enough to make me leave, I can just read stuff elsewhere.

The tools for artificial communication or debate exist as much in the real world as they do in the virtual world, through forms such as controlled media, censorship, skewed statistics reports, even down to the simple old patsy in the crowd asking the questions you want them to or selecting who you invite to an event. I find these processes no more likable in either environment, though I would definitely say it would be easier to control in a virtual environment.

Having circles that people post to is not really anything to do with this issue directly, as if they wish to have a conversation within their circles, the method of publication it is already a restricted form, so I would hopefully expect that they would let everyone in the circle respond, but it is not an entirely public forum, which is more where I have an issue with it. As for deleting or disabling comments, I would expect you should be able to delete your own comments, or report spam comments to have them deleted by a moderator. As for entirely disabling comments that's really just an announcement and is less about controlling the discussion as there really is none, I can see a practical use for this outside just controlling response, like if a store wished to put out information for a sale, they're just telling people it's available not trying to raise a discussion.

I'm a bit Utopian in my ideas about the world and, allowing for reasonable technical restrictions, in my opinion social networking should be as much about free flow of exchange about groups as possible in the selected forum, so if that forum is public then that flow should involve anyone in the G+ public. As much as this means having to put up with dickheads posting irrelevant crap in your post then I'm of the old fashioned suck it up and move on school, move on to the next comment, next discussion.

PS: So many months on G+ and now you're making me think about things, I might have to go back to re-sharing funny youtube clips rather then commenting anyway. I definitely won't be following people who don't let me comment on their public posts :) but it will still annoy me that they do it.
I don't have anything against this feature, but I would like to ask +Natalie Villalobos one question in regards to its functionality. Would it be possible for posts with restricted comments to warn all Google+ users of this restriction? Currently it seems the only way to find out is to spend time writing a comment just to get told you're not allowed to post it at the end of the process. If it was perhaps colour coded, displayed a warning icon or even eliminated the comment field altogether... I believe this could help people to avoid wasting time with restricted posts...
I hope I could go to Google.
Same request as +Ramiro Azar. People should be warned before even starting typing. Or simply block the commenting box from opening.
If I cannot comment, please don't offer me a comment field to fill in. The result feels bad.
Thanks for this, it was just the information I was looking for. Thanks to +John Maguire for the reference. 
If somebody puts out a public post with a limited comment window I immediately un-circle them. If I wanted to be a passive receptacle for your clique's wisdom I would be watching The View instead of on social media. 
Bad idea. I can not post comment on Google in Education :(
seriously if I can't even interact with it is there any value in seeing it at all?
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