It was about time for Google to add something to its social media network. The official announcement lets understand that this is a very well chosen moment to release Google+ Communities as during the holidays people get in touch with their loved ones.
“And it’s times like these that remind me why we started Google+ in the first place: to make online sharing as meaningful as the real thing” says Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President. “Too often our online tools miss the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions, and Google+ aims to fix this. Fortunately we’ve got a vibrant community to guide us.”
Google+ seems to be the fastest-growing network and currently has over 500 million people who have upgraded, 235 million are active across Google and 135 million are active in just the stream.
Google+ Communities is positioned “for all the people you ought to know” as a place that brings people who share common passion. This includes public or private membership to support all kinds of groups or discussion categories. They enable users to start their own hangouts and plan events with community members and offer them the possibility to share with their community from any +1 button across the web.
In order to try this new feature (similar to Groups in Facebook) you just have to click on the Communities icon (rolling out today) and join or create favourite communities. Google says “it’s only a preview, and mobile’s coming soon, so we’re keen to get your feedback.”
Google also announced today that it brought the Snapseed app to Android, and that both versions (for Android and iOS) are now available for free in Google Play and the App Store. The released version for Android comes with some basic adjustments, creative filters, Control Point technology enabling users to enhance their photos adjusting details and the ability to share your creations via Google+ and other services.