One of the features that Google+ has recently given Community Managers is the ability to pin posts to the top of the community stream, and now that capability has been added to both iOS and Android device apps.
When Google enabled the creation and proliferation of Google+ Communities, they did indeed proliferate. In addition to general topic communities, countless other communities sprang up revolving around niche topics and questions, people and businesses, and anything else you might imagine. And since Google continues to make improvements to the communities and moderation tools, community use and growth remains strong.
If you've joined a lot of Google+ communities looking for opportunities for discussion and to meet new people, you're likely a member of at least a few communities that either aren't active, or are not providing you with the valuable discussion you were looking for. These excess communities add to the total number of communities listed on your community page, complicating your ability to find and participate in the communities you're interested in.
Google+ Communities have been created for quite a few topics, with more being launched every day. One area that is still lagging though is virtual regional communities. As a St. Louis business owner, one of the first things I did when I started to join communities was to look for a St. Louis community. Initially there were only one or two of course, and since then a few more have popped up. Very few though are active, and the ones that are aren't focused on business. So, I have created a new community just for St. Louis businesses called St. Louis Networking.
If you aren't yet using Google+, or aren't logging in regularly, the social network may seem a bit intimidating. It's different from Facebook in a lot of ways, and there are a number of features and nuances that may not be obvious how to use or what you're supposed to do. These are perfectly understandable stumbling blocks to using and getting value out of Google+. The thing is, particularly if you're in business, Google+ is rapidly developing as the premiere network!
Forums, Groups, Communities... Bulletin Board Systems... Discussion forums have been around the Internet in one form or another for over 20 years. The concept is simple: give people a place to post questions and discussion topics, and respond to posts from other people. The problem is, virtually every discussion forum has and continues to be inundated with spammers, even on the major social networks.
"What? What's that you say? I'm sorry, I can't hear you." That may have been what Google+ users were saying before, but not now. When Google allowed businesses to create business profiles on their shiny new social network, called Google+ Pages, business owners and marketers were excited to get started and many jumped at the chance.
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