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Caleb Boucher

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Hi everybody!
   This isn't really a Community related question, however, the depth at which I shared circles was indeed a community of over 2,000 and growing.  So, does anybody have any info on if and when Google Plus would ever get the option back to share circles?  I really liked that feature and with the limit that they had on it to only be able to share 500 at a time I had to divvy up that +2k between multiple circles to share them with the rest of the group.  Fortunately, Collections allowed me to share them at my leisure so instead of them being spewed and randomly seen through my stream of posts the community could see them in a Collection.  They never, or haven't yet put the Collection option within Communities and even if they do, I would still like to share circles.  I don't want to start thinking of making spreadsheets to share other people in the Community.
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I'm glad that feature is gone. Too many were a random collection of people that just wanted to get more followers. And those followers have little to no engagement.

Now, I rarely add anyone. 
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D DANIEL

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Bonjour et bonne journée / Bonne soirée et bonne nuit à toutes les personnes qui sont ici

j'ai déjà parlé mais sa m'intrigue (une fois mais là toujours là même à moitié)
comment une communauté qui a personne au gouverne  à + de 48000 personnes dans sa communauté elle vie toute seul toutes les personnes participe  je comprends rien  nos communautés on galère à voir des membre et qui participe aussi
Si quelqu'un à des surjection pour moins galéré plus de personnes qui participe aux communauté vous pouvez me dire je ne comprends rien + 48 000 personnes

Je le sais (une communauté "fantôme") cette chose m’étonne
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+D DANIEL Oui, bon, c'est 99% de pub ;-)
Les "échanges" sont très limités et pas de haut niveau.
Demandez à vos amis ce qu'ils voudraient voir dans la communauté?
Sinon, marchez dans la rue, il y a des vraies interactions dans la vraie vie...
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Jillian See

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Hi ,Jillian from Zazzlers Gift Lab, google+ communities. We have a great interactive community, and enjoy exchanging views of our recently made or sold products daily.We have just a hiccup re our links are showing up from our Company site Zazzle but not our images .Since this a major part of engagement, could you advise if this problem is maybe from Google's end?  Thankyou
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+Rupert Wood Great it helped a bit! and thankyou for the free tuition .Jillian
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Stéphane Hamel

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G+ Community Stats

I don't know why G didn't think of providing Community stats (at least for moderators) - and this is really frustrating! There's currently no way to know which posts are the most popular, who are the top authors, who is contributing the most, etc.

There's +CircleCount but it doesn't provide the level of details I want.

Here's an early draft of a dashboard I have built with +import.io  and +Klipfolio . It currently requires a fair amount of work and tweaks, but eventually I might be able to make it accessible to all.

What kind of info would you like to see in a G+ Community dashboard?
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+Rajesh Narayanan hmm... I don't see a lot of people using collections. Those are very different from communities.
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Russell Latham

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Why isn't G+ in the Google Product Forums (GPF) - the self-titled official help forums for Google products?  I fear I am re-opening an old issue, but I've experienced great success with GPF for Google Calendar.
The official help forums for Google products. Post questions and receive advice from other people using the same Google products as you.
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I revise my statement:  Why isn't there an English Google+ Google Products Forum in the new format of GPF?  I have found GPF groups in the old format in several other languages: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!search/Google$2B
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Okay so I own the Find The Missing Community and several others. I promoted one of my friends as coowner a couple years back and I gave him the community to run as he pleases.Well he lost his phone and he sought Googles assistance in protecting his info. He was removed from the community and I promoted him to a mod but. I still have to wait two weeks to promote him to co-owner which is asinine.

There should be some way to mark owners of a community and allow them to be promoted instantly to owner or co-owner.

I know there is nothing you can do , so this is basically a suggestion more than an appeal for advice.
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+Brian -White Knight- Williams Thank you very much for clarifying that for me Brian:)) 
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John R. Ellis
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Another Feature Change - Share Button Gone

If you haven't lost it yet, you will.  This feature now missing from Desktop PC for sure, don't yet know about Mobile.  Don't know if temporary or permanent.  The Share Button is now gone from Chrome Browser and from your G+ account header - you have to navigate all the way to your Profile to create a New Share, unless you use a Community box for "in Community" posts.

Recently removed --> Circle Sharing, Ripples, G+ Account access from name in Chrome, and Share button.  All screwed up --> Notifications and Sharing to Communities.   What's next, G+?


#Share   #ShareButton  
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Viana de  León's profile photoJens “Google Plus Yoda” Graikowski's profile photoAndrew Hatchett's profile photoCommunity OHMS's profile photo
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Do you remember, +John R. Ellis​​, at the very beginning of G+ there was a time of changes. Changes that didn't make any sense. G+ was trying to find its identity and one was under the impression that the devs made changes only to justify their wages. Most of them were steps backwards and just seem to make G+ a more difficult place to navigate. We're now at a similar cross road.

+Vic Gundotra​​ is gone. +Bradley Horowitz​​ is now at the wheel and the whole G+ philosophy is changing. Gone are the times when G+ was supposed to become the hub all off Google turns around. Apps get split off by the dozens, the end of the era of centralisation is over. G+ is trying to find its new identity again and again devs seem to be making changes just to justify their wages. 
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Chun Fan

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Hi I am having some trouble. when I post Googl+. I am currently on a community and I normally post to the community through the home tab on the upper left hand menu box I would back space public on the To segment and select my community I joined. Recently when I start a post, I can't find my community I joined in the To segment under attach. I have to be in the community to see my community and the categories the community offer. As of today, Re-sharing to my community is impossible. See screen shot for reference. If anyone can offer a reason or solution I will be very grateful.
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Chun Fan's profile photoGeorge “Jolo” Lavall's profile photo
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It always does. +John R. Ellis​ and I have been spreading the news a lot LOL
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John Skeats
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Major Google+ Announcement: Google+ Collections!

Google just introduced a new way of sharing in Google+. While this isn't directly to moderating communities, it indirectly addresses a question that has come up often in this community. This is proof that Google remains committed to Google+. There is no way they would invest the amount required to bring such a major enhancement to Google+ if they planned to shut it down.
 
Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.

Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.

Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow.

Collections is available on Android and the web, and iOS is coming later. For Android users, make sure to update your Google+ app to get access to Collections.

For inspiration on interesting topics, check out our Featured Collections page here: g.co/collections

Create your collections today and share what you love.

If you have questions then also be sure to check out our Help Center content http://goo.gl/zyIVMH; if you still can’t find an answer then please post your question in the Collections subcategory. 

Best,
Moritz & Claire
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+John Skeats Okay, going back and testing further, you are correct - as a "member" of the private Collection and not the Owner, I could not Reshare it Publicly, and I got a warning to be cautious in resharing it in a less than Public way.  Such is the subtlety of these things and so many aspects to test to find the bugs and nuances, which could change again after testing.   This is still less than the protection of a private community, where there is no option to directly reshare it.
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J.T. Smith

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Tsu Has Groups Now

All of us with G+ communities now get access to another location to make communities. Get your community on tsu before it's copied or taken, because tsu is giving the group owners 25% of the posts's earnings in that group, and giving the admins (moderators) another 25%.

So tsu is doing the equivalent of Google communities, but they are paying for it. This will make community management so much easier! If you need a moderator for a big community, you can simply tell someone what they will probably be paid by tsu.

You need to enter through someone's profile to sign up for tsu, so here is mine. http://www.tsu.co/BrainofJT

Hurry up. If you can imagine how much traffic some of the bigger communities on G+ get, you can imagine how much money that might generate on tsu.

Let me know if you have any questions!
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Eugene Mota

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Just looked at how the most successful bloggers out there do it. And I thought you guys might find it inspiring.

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Not really related to communities, but maybe someone can make use of this spam information.
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Greg Poulos

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Is anyone else seeing OLD POSTS, the previously we removed as SPAM or from people banned, suddenly reappearing in their community?

Posts were removed at LEAST a year ago, and now are back.
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+Greg Poulos Thanks. I'm going to ask Google to look into it.
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John R. Ellis
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Marketplace / Exchange Theory as applied to G+ Communities

On Inquiring Minds Podcast #93*, +Indre Viskontas interviews Dr. Alvin Roth, Nobel-prize winner and author of   Who Gets What --- and Why  , on the topic of Exchanges (primarily Kidney donor exchanges and medical residency matches, plus a few others).  The basic Characteristics of marketplace exchanges sounded to me like they apply nicely to the macroscopic view of G+ as a social media platform, and to one's own microcosm of the Personal Profile, but especially to the concept of G+ Communities, which will be explored here.  Feel free to further develop the ideas in the comments section.

The basic characteristics of an Exchange include:  Thickness, Congestion, Safety, Simplicity, Timing, and Rules.  Here's how I see those applied to G+ Communities, which are in essence a marketplace to exchange ideas or information (or cute cat pictures):

1)   Thickness.  This amounts to "membership".  Too few members and there is no benefit of wisdom of the group, not many new ideas, and some people won't want to spend time being creative to a "too small" group.  A too small community gets neglected and withers away.  OTOH, too many members may intimidate some people, or cause too much congestion for any post to be seen or generate interaction, and can be hard to Moderate.  If a community becomes too large, consider refining the topic a bit and/or splitting off a subtopic to a new community.

2)   Congestion.  There could be 2 different types of congestion regarding G+ communities:  A) too many communities on the same topic, or B) too many posts to keep up with.  For the former - don't create new communities if there is already a plethora on that topic and you don't have a special niche in mind.  For the latter, consider limiting how many posts a given person can make per day, or reducing the membership, or narrowing the topic.  What constitutes congestion could vary greatly by topic - one could whip through viewing a hundred cute or funny pictures per visit, while just a handful of deep philosophical or complicated scientific posts could require a lot of time to consider per visit.

3)   Safety.  People should feel comfortable viewing and posting in the community.  The TOS and other rules of G+ allow for a certain degree of safety, but most of this is going to fall upon the Moderators to remove inappropriate posts, inappropriate members, and calm the flame wars.  The members must also do their part to report problems, whether to the Mods, or to G+ Abuse Team.

4)   Simplicity.   The community topics, categories, and rules should be simple enough for most to understand, and otherwise this one falls mostly upon the Features that G+ provides to make posting, editing, and commenting easy and simple.  

5)   Timing.   There have been many posts (which I consider bogus) about the "best time" to post to communities or on various social media.  The internet is 24/7, and in most cases member are scattered around the globe.  Post when it is convenient for you to post, and don't worry about trying to time them.  Of course, rapid posting is likely to get posts into Spam filters, so try to avoid that.

6)   Rules.   Marketplace exchanges work best if there are clear rules.  G+ provides some general rules.  If appropriate, have a linked Rules Post or About section that contains basic rules to define appropriate community conduct, and have Mods who understand and enforce them.

Do you have other ideas or suggestions regarding the role or value of G+ communities as a social platform for the exchange of information?  Or on using Economic Theory to optimize your communities?


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#GameTheory   #CostBenefitAnalysis   #community  
Inquiring Minds
93 Alvin Roth - The New Economics of Who Gets What—and Why
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merci je le fais déjà comme ça j'ai arrivé chez vous
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Dan Eastwood

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I just browsed through the "Invitation" pending in a large community I help moderate. Many of those invites are to people or pages that are very unlikely to have any interest in joining (like the Hotels.com page!), and I suspect some of these are a form of Spam. A few points:

1) This seems like a low priority problem. It's annoying, but doesn't appear to do much harm aside from annoying frivolous invitations.

2) There is no good way to do anything about it. The list loads dynamically, so you can't scroll to the bottom to view how many there are. Invites can only be removed one at a time, if you are inclined to do so. That might take hours.

3) This seems like an abandoned feature of communities that doesn't serve much purpose. If we are intended to be about to manage invitations at all, there really needs to be a sort-by-date option, and maybe a sent-by. Otherwise it seems like this could be removed with no loss.
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I find the having to remove one at a time, then page reloads at the top, very frustrating.  It also didn't used to be that way - a year ago you could remove them one by one without a page reload.
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Balog Jolan

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Problem at G+!
Yesterday I was member at Photo community, I was moderator!
Yesterday evening I recognize I was member at I love Islam community and I was not moderator!
Nobody asked me  would I  like to  join this new community or not! I did not get notification that I am not moderator anymore!
I ask ...why?!
Later I recognized I am member another community too!
Islam!
I did not join this community!
I noticed that it was a food community at G+ and somebody changed its name!
Nobody asked me!
I would like to know...where is the free will?!
I am not interested in  religions!
Every religions is same for me!
BUT...
My question...why did not get a notification?!
Just an asking...would you like to be member at this new community!
I got nothing!

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This food community has been hijacked, and is now an Islam community. Your names as members are now being recognised as supporters of Islam. Your food posts are making the new community appear to have that many Islamic posts to pretend to a level of support it never earned.
This is a fraudulent scheme, and you are the victims.
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+Eric Smith's post (and all posts) have now been swept clear in the Food Community.
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Chun Fan

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+John R. Ellis +george "jolo" Lavall See screen shot for reference. You solution worked Thank you guys.
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Thanks, I'll update my post to reflect that it does work for Profiles as well as Pages.  ;-)
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Community OHMS

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Changes to the TOS regarding harassment and threats:

"Harassment, Bullying, and Threats

Do not engage in harassing, bullying, or threatening behavior, and do not incite others to engage in these activities. Anyone using our Services to single someone out for malicious abuse, to threaten someone with serious harm, to sexualize a person in an unwanted way, or to harass in other ways may have the offending content removed or be permanently banned from using the Services. In emergency situations, we may escalate imminent threats of serious harm to law enforcement. Keep in mind that online harassment is also illegal in many places and can have serious offline consequences for both the harasser and the victim.
Learn more about additional steps that you can take to stop harassment and bullying on Google+."

Learn more:  https://support.google.com/plus/answer/6006895

From:  http://www.google.com/+/policy/content.html


#harassment   #bullying   #threats  
User Content and Conduct Policy. Google's social and sharing products and services enable people from diverse backgrounds to start conversations, share experiences, collaborate on projects, and form new communities. Our policies play an important role in maintaining a positive experience for our ...
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The Supreme Court on Monday threw out the conviction of a Pennsylvania man prosecuted for making threats on Facebook, but dodged the free-speech issues that had made the case intriguing to First Amendment advocates.

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/high-court-throws-conviction-facebook-threats-31446903
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Rajesh Narayanan

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20,000 posts disappear
One of our community had about 100k posts and since yesterday the count dropped to about 79k. We haven't deleted any category or done any changes to the community in the last 6 months.

Did anyone notice such a big change in the community you own or moderate?
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+John R. Ellis I have thanks. I use a stand alone profile not associated with anything I do to better understand certain things. 
Cheers~!
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Katy Garden

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I've had to close a community due to large spam, an absent owner and me being the only active moderator. I cleared all the membership lost, cleared all posts and set to request to join. However I have a mystery three members on the community whose details don't show up in the membership list. It just says, "plus three."

Any ideas? Ideally I'd like to be tidy and clear them before I quit the community. 
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Sometimes there are a few ghost profiles sitting around where they deleted their G+ accounts but they stay listed in the membership numbers.  A couple of other tidying steps can be to remove the picture, remove anyone in the invited list, and change the name to Deleted.  If you want to invite me - I can take a look at the membership and tell you what I see there, in case it's some sort of glitch between you and those accounts.
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