Google Plus is a popular social networking site that allows people to create their own groups wherein they can communicate privately. This functionality is known as Communities.
Communities group together Google+ users who share the same interests. It’s a place where they can ask specific questions, share comments and content on a particular topic of concern to them. It can be set as public or private.
How to Join
To be able to engage with community members, you need to join one first. Choose from the recommended communities and limit to one or two that’s closest to what you do.
On the left column of your Google+ home page, click on Communities.
You can choose from those shown on the next page or you can choose from those recommended for you. Just click the Recommended for you link on the top of the page.
When you have decided which community you want to join, click on the name and you will be directed to that community page.
On that page, you will see the red Join community button on the right. Click the button to immediately become a member of that particular community.
You’ll immediately become a member of a community that’s public. For private communities, however, moderators will still have to decide whether to accept you as a member or not. In this case, you will haveto wait for approval before you can become a member of that particular community.
Once you’re a member, you can choose to receive notifications. You can adjust your notification setting by hovering your cursor on the bell icon found just below the community’s profile photo.
How to be a Quality Member
Becoming a quality member is what you should aim for when joining a community. This means sharing content relevant to your community or the categories included. Your content also should be something that can start a conversation or debate.
Another way of becoming an effective member is to engage people by leaving or replying to comments and +1’ing posts.
Avoid self-promotion or spamming the community because this is a big no-no. Doing this will only prompt moderators to remove you from their communities.
Should you wish to create your community, you are also free to do so. Read our blog post here to learn about the steps.
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By Wendy Chamberlain
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