Creating a Google+ Community

Use communities to start conversations around specific hobbies, interests, particular groups or organisations.

As you're creating your community, think about how people will use it and what type of content will be shared. This will help you to decide whether to make your community public or private, and whether people need to request to be a member.

Are you using Google+ with a work or school account? If so, learn to create a community at work or school.

You can create one of four types of community:

 
Type Who can join? Who can see members and posts? Who can find the community through search? Best for...
Public – Anyone can join Everyone Everyone Everyone

Meeting people on Google+ who share your interests.

Examples: Black and white photography, fanclub for your favourite sports team, current world events

Public – Moderator approval needed to join Anyone can request to join, but moderators need to approve membership Everyone Everyone

Sharing content publicly, but limiting who can create it.

Examples: Alumni from your university, local businesses, running club

Private – People find it through search and request to join Anyone can request to join, but moderators need to approve membership Members only Everyone

Creating closed communities for specific public organisations.

Examples: A jazz band, dance troupe, parent-teacher association

Private – Hide community from searches Invited people only Members only Not shown in search results*

Small groups for more private conversations.

Examples: Johnson family, Economics study group, party-planning committee

* Note: The name and photo of a private community which is hidden from search will still be visible to people who type in or directly visit the community's web address.

If you choose not to let search engines index your community, your community itself won't appear in Google search results. However, your community will still remain visible to anyone with your community URL. Other pages and content (including websites, blogs and Google products such as Picasa Web) that link to your community can still appear in search results on Google and other search engines.

Creating a community

  1. On Google+, hover your cursor over the top left to expand Google+ main navigation.
  2. Click on the  communities icon.
  3. Click on the Create community button in the top right.
  4. Decide whether or not you want your community to be Public or Private and click on the corresponding box.
  5. Enter a name for your Community.
    Pick a unique name that clearly communicates the purpose of your community. If you also have a Google+ page, try to avoid choosing the same name as your page so that people aren't confused about which is which when searching.
  6. Whether you choose Public or Private, there's one more choice to make. See the table above to find out which option is best for your community. If you want to change your community’s visibility type, you’ll have to delete the community and create a new one.
  7. Click Create community.
  8. Keep up with your community on the go with the Google+ mobile app.

Next steps once you've created a community

Add a photo

Your photo will be the first thing that people see. Pick a photo that represents the purpose behind your community.

Set a community photo in the "Edit Community" section under the Actions menu

Complete the About section

The About section is the main place for new members to learn about your community, so use this opportunity to:

  • Describe the purpose of your community
  • Set clear expectations around posts and discussions
  • Add any additional information or relevant links

Invite people to join

Follow these steps and share with your circles to invite people to join:

  1. While in your community, click Actions to open the drop-down list
  2. Select Invite people.
  3. A share box will open. You can write a message to include with your invitation.
  4. Add names, circles or email addresses of the people you'd like to invite.
  5. Click Send
Are you using Google+ with a work or school account? If so, see Creating a community at work or school.

Learn more about how to manage a community