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A few thoughts on Google+ collections

As you all know, a few months ago, Google introduced the largest update since possibly Events which is something many of us called for and they called it collections.

The idea behind collections is that while creating circles allows you to categorise the people you follow into specific categories you can filter your stream by people (or pages), you can't really then sub-filter the sort of thing your followers post if there are things you're not interested about. With collections you can assign a category to your posts and then allow two things to people who wish to follow you:
1. Unsubscribe from some of your collections
2. Allow people to subscribe to specific collections without necessarilly adding you to their circles

This allow for your followers to be far more targetted and engaging when they end up only reading the things that interests them.

There are of course a few caveats. The primary one is, as someone who follows someone else, that someone else needs to have gone through the effort of creating collections for you to manage what you want or don't want to see from them. As a content producer, you also have the arduous task of creating all those collections. If you already post to a very specific theme it should be relatively straightforward but if you're like me you could end up with a lot of collections (I am on 15 just now)

You are also able to add older posts to collections you have created but only if that collection is set to public and if those posts were also already public. Sadly older private posts, even if they match the circles you share the collection with, can't be added to that collection. I suspect if would be too much of a privacy headache to implement and goes in line with the inability to retrospectively change who you share a post with without simply resharing that post.

When adding older posts to collections, especially if you are an early adopter like me can be a arduous task but the search function is your friend if you search for specific keywords and restricting your search to "Google+ posts" "from you". Still if you have a lot of posts expect to spend several days parsing through your past posts to decide what goes where.

The biggest complaint I've seen about collections is the inability to assign multiple collections to a single post. I can understand the need for that as I found myself a couple of times not quite knowing which collection to fit a certain post I wanted to make but in the end I found the best thing is to be pragmatic and didn't feel it ruining my experience.

With regards to how to name collections I would definitely recommend remaining both generic and timeless. I've seen people create collections for their "trip to Spain in 2013" for example. If you approach collections as a way to organise your posts for the benefit of your followers you may start to realise why such a collection may be a bad idea. Of course if you only use them for yourself then feel free to call them whatever you like. On the other hand being too generic may not gain you many new followers. I have a collection on Science for example on which I don't post much because I'm not much of a science nut but I can imagine someone working at NASA posting about Mars missions a lot gathering quite a following by creating a Mars specific collection to separate their posts from other things they might post.

I am currently experiencing a very unexpected rise in popularity on one of my collections which baffles me but also motivates me to be more prolific about posting about this particular topic. To give you an idea the numbers of followers of this particular collection will soon double the number of folks who have kindly added me to their circles, and I am close to 2250. I'm not yet sure how all those followers found me but I still suspect a presence in "featured collections" somehow.

Interestingly the number of folks who have been unfollowing some of my collections is very small. Hopefully that means whatever topic I post about I manage to remain somewhat interesting to the majority of my followers.

As a side note, I would be quite keen to see +CircleCount add metrics to collections at some point assuming this is data which is available to them.

And of course I am posting this to what I consider a relevant collection, illustrating it with that same collection which is somewhat meta but hey I need to illustrate long tirades with something ;)
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there's only one thought in this tome of unknown vistas that i can follow...
"...which baffles me..." yeah, me too.
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Thousands of cell phone deaths so far and counting.
 
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I see so many people (mostly young women) looking down at their phone while driving each day on my bicycle commute, to and from work.  As I pass a few dozen slow moving cars, there's often 6-10 people typing into their phone.  It's sad.  How many lives have been lost?

On a different but related note, a woman slammed into the back of my car in traffic a couple years ago.  (Damage was minor) I saw in my rear-view mirror that she was looking down (likely at her phone) when it happened.  She denied being distracted by her phone. Share this if you get the urge.  It could save a life or prevent serious injury.
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+Rocketjay12 The author of the original post speaks of what he sees; I am speaking of what I see. What are you speaking about? Or you talk, humbly, about your own experience, or you show figures or at least serious scientific studies.
Then, I suspect that you and Mr Harrington see more young girls doing whatever essentially because you watch young girls. Be careful about this: starring at girls while driving can be very disturbing too ;-)

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There ARE albums in Google Photos. Albums exist as a subsection of Collections. Also available via the same tab (which you can find upper left ) are Stories and Movies. 
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There ARE albums in Google Photos. Albums exist as a subsection of Collections. Also available via the same tab (which you can find upper left ) are Stories and Movies. 
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More trials with Google Photos. I made this album with photos from my hard drive. I used the drop down menu on the left and found ASSISTANT. At the top of the Assistant area, there is a button that looks like it might mean upload...........clicking that allowed me to access my hard drive and find these photos. After that, it's just a matter of about eight more clicks to get it shared to public.
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+Diana Boyd You are nice!  I learned a lot. I am looking forward to seeing what new functions will appear......
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Clicking on the image here will show comments I made about the process. I can explain further if needed.
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Another thing to worry about.
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Actually, come to think of it, both the YMCA and the Red Cross have training programs. It might be a good idea for people who are serious about using it in daily life to take advantage of these programs.
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An  asteroid discovered in 1993 was named 46610 Bésixdouze, which is French for "B six twelve". The asteroid's number, 46610, becomes B612 in hexadecimal notation. B-612 was the name of the prince's home asteroid in Le Petit Prince.
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I am guessing she has already seen this photo, quite some time ago, but let's all wish a  Happy National Zoo Keeper Week to my favorite gorilla keeper. (You know who you ARE!) and to all zookeepers. What hard work and dedication it takes to make sure these animals are well-cared for. Here we see Apollo Gorilla, of the North Carolina Zoo, when he was just learning to climb.
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Yes, you can share an album out of Google Photos.
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THANKS FOR YOUR HELP...I DO NOT GET THIS, YET, WHY GOOGLE SAID MAKE COLLECTIONS SOME MONTHS AGO...AND I MADE BUT HOW I NOW CAN GET THEM TO GOOGLE ...what is the new name ???...i made something but what with my pictures what i have here....you have good way to train to upload colours....but where i see your colours in collections other way than here as usual .. i feel silly and soon i have mess...at least i have manage to get great headache...
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Another test of the Google Photos system. Here I will upload a pic of goats, adding it, during creating this post, to a private album I made earlier tonight. The private album has four shots of yellow. If you can see the goats AND the four shots of yellow, then something has gone wrong and you will not be able to trust your private photos to the new Google Photos plan. If you can see just goats, and/or one yellow image which I had shared public earlier, all will be well and you will know your private photos will stay private when adding another image to an album through this kind of posting. Let's see how this goes!
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good to know Windy
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Trying to share an entire album through Google Photos.
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Yeah it works. Sharing by link is equally powerful. 
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