Google+ collections update

Google+, having taken inspiration from Pinterest, yesterday introduced ‘Collections’ – a new way to group your posts by topic. 

Here’s an explanation straight from Google (originally posted on their Google+ page):

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.’

Using collections

You will find the ‘Collections’ tab – if it has been rolled out to you already – above ‘Communities’ in the drop down menu on the left of your screen.

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Some important things to note:

  • If you create a collection that is visible to the ‘Public’ or ‘Your Circles’,  Google+ will automatically select the box below in your collection settings. This means that people who are following you will see your collection posts in their timeline without having to follow the collection themselves.

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  • If you don’t want people to see your collection posts automatically, you will need to deselect this box. You can do this by going to the collection (once you have created it), clicking on the cog and then selecting ‘edit collection’.

As a regular Google+ user, I think this is a very nifty new feature. It’s a great tool for collecting and organizing web content  – in an easy and visual way. This will be especially useful for companies who use Google Apps for Business and can access their Google+ page through their business email as it integrates very nicely.

For some inspiration on how you can use this feature check out Google’s featured collections here – https://plus.google.com/collections/featured

What do you think of this latest update by Google+. Is it something you will be using?

(This post originally appeared on Business Training MadeSimple’s blog)

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