Google announced yesterday the formation of communities. With Google+ Communities, there’s now a gathering place for your passions, including genealogy or most any other topic that interests you. Google+ Communities provide:
- Public or private membership to support all kinds of groups—from topics and interests to local neighborhoods to regular poker nights
- Discussion categories to find the conversations you care about most
- The option to start hangouts and plan events with community members
- The ability to share with your community from any +1 button across the web
To give it a try, just click on the new "Communities" icon, then create or join your favorite community. It’s only a preview and is a bit rough around the edges right now. Google will be smoothing out some of those rough edges as the company obtains feedback from users. The communities are formed by Google+ users like you, not by company employees.
The Google+ Genealogy Tech Community may be found at https://plus.google.com/117740324364023421354/posts/eaKe3cRdApB. Click on "Preview community" to view the community in action. Again, you won't find much there today but that could change within a few days.
You can also create your own Google+ Community, if you care to do so. You might create one for West Virginia Ancestry or for the Sons of the American Revolution or for Classic Mustang Autos or for Amiga Computers or for any other topic of interest. You can learn more about Google+ Communities at http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/google-communities-and-photos.html.