Create or edit a community

You can create a community with your team to share updates, new ideas, and common interests.

If you use a Google Account through work or school, your administrator may turn off your ability to use Currents. If Currents is turned off for you, you will be removed from Communities that you’re a member of.

Create a community

  1. On your computer, open Currents.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities.
  3. Next to "Your communities," click New community.
  4. Enter a name and choose the settings for your community (such as who can join and view this community).
  5. Click Done.

Edit your community

You can change communities you create, including:

  • The community name
  • The cover photo
  • Who can join the community
  • Whether member posts are held for review until the member has been approved to post in the community

You can also add categories, links, and a description.

To edit your community:

  1. On your computer, open Currents.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities.
  3. Under "Your communities," click the community you want to edit.
  4. Click More More.
  5. Click Edit community.
  6. Make your changes.
  7. Click Done.

Pin a post

You can pin a post to keep it at the top of your community's page:

  1. On your computer, open Currents.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities.
  3. Under "Your communities," click the community you want.
  4. Click the post you want to pin.
  5. Click More More.
  6. Click Pin to community.

Delete a community

  1. On your computer, open Currents.
  2. In the Navigation menu, click Communities.
  3. Under "Your communities," click the community you want to delete.
  4. Click More More.
  5. Click Delete community.
  6. Check the box next to “I understand that I am deleting this Community and that I won’t be able to undo it.”
  7. Click Delete.

What you can do in communities

You can do different things depending on whether your community is public or private.

General info on public communities

  • G Suite users can no longer create new public communities outside their domain. They will only be able to create new private communities outside their domain (invite-only), and only G Suite users can join.
  • Public communities can’t be made private later.
  • For existing public communities, anyone in your domain can ask to join. But if someone obtains an active invite link, they can join the community without asking to join.
  • Public communities can be seen by anyone online and can be found in searches.
  • Anyone can see the community's members and posts.
  • If you create a new public community, it will be restricted to your organization. These domain-restricted public communities can’t be seen by people outside the domain.

General info on private communities

  • Private communities can’t be made public later.
  • Anyone with access to an active invite link can join the community.
  • Only members and invitees can see who belongs to a private community.
    • Non-members can see activity by both members and non-members on public posts in private communities. 
  • The privacy settings available to you depend on your G Suite administrator’s Currents settings for your organization.

Private communities and searches

If a private community does not show in searches:

  • Anyone with access to an active invite link can join the community.
  • People might find a link to the community on other web pages.
  • G Suite users with a link to the community might see the community name and photo. 
  • G Suite users with a link to the community might be able to ask to join the community.
  • If a private community doesn’t allow people to ask to join, then new members have to be invited.
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