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4. Create communities

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Create communities for your project teams or for colleagues with common interests. Several people can own or moderate a community, and anyone in the community can post to it.

Note: You can only create public, private, or “ask to join” communities within your domain. Outside your domain, you can only create private communities. You can no longer create public communities, but you can still interact with existing public communities.

In this section, you learn how to:

4.1 Create a community
4.2 Find and join a community
4.3 Invite people to join a community
4.4 Update a community
4.5 Remove posts or people
4.6 Delete a community

4.1 Create a community

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Create different types of communities based on your goals. You can share ideas and announcements with your team, or connect with co-workers that share the same interests as you do.

  1. From the main menu, click Communities.
  2. Click New Community. Or, if you have no communities yet, click Create Community.
  3. Enter a name for your community and choose who can see it.
  4. (Optional) To specify other settings, click More Options.
  5. Click Done.

Select elements to make community, specifying its details

4.2 Find and join a community

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When you join a community, you can see posts from that community in your stream and share posts to the community.

Find a community:

  1. From the main menu, click Communities.
  2. (Optional) To see recommended communities, at the bottom, click Discover More.
  3. Use the search bar to search for communities by name.
  4. (Optional) To find out more about a community, click it.

Join a community:

  1. Click Join (or Ask To Join for communities that require permission).
  2. If you’ve been invited to join a private community, click Decline or Accept.

Note: If you join a restricted community (indicated by the building icon Business), only G Suite users in your domain can see your posts and view membership. G Suite users outside your domain can be members of a non-restricted community.

Leave a community:

  1. Open the community you want to leave.
  2. Click More More and click Leave Community.
  3. Click Leave to confirm.
Discover and join communities


4.3 Invite people to join a community

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Invite people on Google+:

  1. Open the community you want to invite someone to.
  2. Click Invite Add personand then Invite people on Google+.
  3. Use Search to find people.
  4. Click Done.
  5. (Optional) Add a message.
  6. Click Post.

Invite people with a link:

If you invite someone who doesn’t have a Google+ profile, they need to have a G Suite account to create one.

  1. Open the community you want to invite someone to.
  2. Click Invite Add personand then Invite people with a link.
  3. Turn on Allow invites by link.
  4. Click Copy.
  5. Send the link to the people or groups you want to invite.

    If Google+ is limited to your organization, only members of your organization can access the link.

Promote members to moderators or owners of your community:

  1. Open the community.
  2. Click MoreMoreand thenManage members.
  3. Next to the person you want to make a moderator or owner, click More More and choose Promote from member to moderator or Promote from moderator to owner.
  4. (Optional) If you don't want someone to be a moderator or owner of your community anymore, follow the steps above, but choose Demote from moderator to member or Demote from owner to moderator.

Send invites and promote members

4.4 Update a community

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Owners or moderators of communities can update them at any time. Change the cover photo, title, category filters, and more.

  1. Open the community.
  2. Click MoreMoreand thenEdit Community.
  3. Make any of the following changes:
    • Click Camera Add photos to change the cover photo.
    • Click the title to change it.
    • Click under the title to add or change a tagline.
    • Turn on Ask to join to require that people ask before joining the community.
    • Turn on Hold posts for review to review posts before they're submitted.
    • Turn on Content controls to use stronger content controls (reduces spam or inappropriate content).
    • Add or change a description.
    • Under Categories, click Add Add and type a category name, or click an existing name to change it.
    • Under Links, click AddAdd and type a URL, or click an existing link to change it.
  4. Click Done.

Follow steps to edit community details, such as title, tagline, and settings

4.5 Remove posts or people

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Owners or moderators can remove posts, comments, or people from the community. If someone leaves your team, you can remove them from the team’s community.

Remove a post or comment:

  1. Open the post or comment you want to remove from your community.
  2. Click MoreMoreand thenRemove comment or Remove post.
  3. Removing a post or comment removes it only from the community. Posts might still be seen on the creator’s profile or if they were reshared to another community.

Remove or ban a person from a community:

  1. Open the community.
  2. Click MoreMoreand thenManage members.
  3. Next to the person you want to remove or ban, click  More More and choose Ban from Community or Remove from Community.
  4. If you remove a person, they leave the community, but they can join it again if they want to. To prevent them from joining again, you can ban them. If you change your mind, you can un-ban them.

Remove a post from a discussion

4.6 Delete a community

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  1. Open the community you want to delete.
  2. Click MoreMoreand thenDelete Community.
Note: Only the owner of a community can delete it. Moderators can’t delete a community.

Delete a community

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