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Collections are a wonderful way to share your interests with others. They are also a powerful tool for reaching wider audiences and gaining visibility. Want to know how to do all that? Check out Collections Best Practices for helpful tips on creating, improving and maintaining successful collections.

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Members from the Google+ Collections community have been sharing tips for creating content on Google+. Check out some of their posts!
Top 6 Topics for Creating and Connecting

In our #CreateConnections series, Google+ Create members share valuable tips for creating great content and making meaningful connections with other Google+ users. Whether you want to learn how to write an amazing post, build your best collection, connect with others, pursue your favorite hobbies or hold meaningful conversations, these #CreateConnections topics will help you discover your potential on Google+.

Take a look at the topics below!

Spark conversation and connections by asking questions, +Nina Trankova
https://plus.google.com/+RachelBakkered/posts/jBhiXm37Ze1

Create special interest themes to increase engagement, +Margaret Tompkins
https://plus.google.com/+RachelBakkered/posts/68ZF4NgN3uZ

Use your hobbies and passions to inspire others, +Lisa Watson
https://plus.google.com/+RachelBakkered/posts/BoWNwZ3JeBS

Create food and cooking content on Google+, +maria nasir
https://plus.google.com/+RachelBakkered/posts/XrZpjbBWXR1

Make friends around the world with photography, +Freya de Castelbajac
https://plus.google.com/+RachelBakkered/posts/GbQ8RECbjDs

Build amazing travel collections, +Monika Fuchs
https://plus.google.com/+NinaTrankova/posts/3dc1PqZF1K2
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#PetRescueStories

Wally loves attention! All he wants is pats and more pats. Share the story of your rescued pet with the hasthtags #PetRescueStories and #PetstotheRescue.
+Google+ wants #petrescuestories or something, and I did that, so here you go.

The story goes, someone from my city was in southern Ohio for Christmas with their SO's relatives. She looked outside and said "Why does the neighbor have a dog chained outside? It's 10°F!" Oh, that's Wally. He lives out there. The next day she talked to the farmer who said she could have him if she wanted. He was named "Waldo" as in "Where's Waldo?" He was tied up because he'd roam for miles and annoy other neighbors.

I spied this lady's post looking for a home for Wally, and having run up against a wall trying to adopt from rescues (seriously screw those people), I stopped by to see Wally. He wants only two things in this world: Pats, and to escape so he can find more Pats! I try to give him as many as he needs, but i've found taking him to work satisfies him so much more! He's also an asset, too!

When kids are in a bike shop, they know what bike they want in about 5 seconds; that blue one. The parents then have to ask "Wait. There's like 4 different prices here. What's up with that?" and the kid is immediately bored to tears! It's even worse when there's kids there who aren't even getting a bike! This is all managed when there's a small dog right there to hug and pet.
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Google+ Create Spotlight

Google+ Create member +Nila Sweeney is a writer, traveller and photographer. Her collections showcase beautiful landscapes and travel photographs. Take a look at her profile!
https://plus.google.com/+NilaSweeney
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Meet Kumo, a fluffy rescue who is a new addition to +Leanne Osborne's family. Use the hashtag #PetRescueStories or #PetstotheRescue to publicly share the story of a pet that you, your friends or your family adopted!
Furry Friend Friday: Kumo, King of Kuteness

Big news, everyone! I adopted this adorable little five month old chow mix named Kumo on June 16th, 2018. (His name means 'cloud' in Japanese.) Here's his story:

Kumo's Story: According to one of the volunteers, a good Samaritan had found him covered in mud, but still happy as a clam. Chances are he just got lost, since he has no trauma issues/bad habits. He was a volunteer favorite, and everyone (including other shelter dogs) loved playing with him and taking him out for walks.

My Story: I was scrolling through my social media when I came across an adoption listing for Kumo by Berkeley Animal Care Services (his name came from the shelter). It was pretty much love at first sight, and knew I had to at least visit him. Turns out, this cute little fluffy cloud was quite the popular attraction to the shelter! After doing a lottery draw with another couple to adopt him, I won!

It's been quite the eventful couple of days since adopting Kumo, including meeting Kaiser for the first time yesterday! Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. This little fluffy cloud has brought so much joy (and exercise!) into my life, and I'd do anything for my little furbaby. I'm looking forward to the rest of this year, and how much he'll improve with his training, and all the fun places to take him!

Share your pet rescue stories using the hashtags #PetRescueStories and/or #PetstotheRescue! I'd love to read about them!
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Are you looking to increase engagement in your communities? Take a look at these tips on how to integrate clear asks into your posts, and see noticeable results!
Boosting Engagement with Clear Asks

This week we’re talking about how to boost engagement by making community announcements and guidelines more direct in their calls to action. An effective call to action (CtA) will typically:

- Use clear language that tells your community exactly what you’d like them to do
- Use action words to guide behavior: COMMENT below, TELL us your opinion, RESHARE this post
- Explain what your members will gain from participating
- Explain the larger benefit of joining this initiative - appeal to your members' interest in being a part of something, of investing in this shared community, and of not missing out

+David Amerland and the moderators of the Cloudwars Community know how to get their point across with an About section outlining their guidelines and asks for their members! Check out the community for inspiration: https://plus.google.com/communities/103684210904684656351

Comment below with your tips for writing effective community posts!
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In this unique collection, +Cristina B showcases her father's artwork. Going through this collection is like visiting an ever-growing art gallery. Check it out!
https://plus.google.com/collection/8pfe9
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Buster is a vocal rescue cat who loves +Sean McLean and his family. How have your pets influenced your lives?

Share your stories about helping animals in need! Use the hashtag #PetRescueStories or #PetstotheRescue to publicly share the story of a pet that you, your friends or your family adopt.
This is our rescue kitty, Buster. I promised my family that we would get a second cat. I read an article in our local paper saying that this guy had been at the Santa Cruz animal shelter for three months and badly needed a home. 3 months. That's a long time to be in a tiny space and it was definitely showing. We went to visit him and he was pretty much scared out of his mind. He needed a lot of attention and love. His health started improving and his real personality started coming out. He's a little weird, but I think anybody would be after spending 3 months in a small space. He's also very, very loving. And vocal. Good heavens is he vocal. But my kids love him and he loves them right back.

#PetRescueStories
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Are you looking for ways to increase engagement in your community? Start by looking at what you can do as a moderator to establish a culture of engagement. Check out these tips by Alexandra Bowen!
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Featured Collection

Feeling nostalgic? Visit +Abbie Stewart's Vintage Life Collection to see moments in history captured in black and white. https://plus.google.com/collection/UFMgmB
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