Google+ Launches “Communities” — Will Compete Directly With Flickr Groups for Photographers

This morning Google+ launched communities. It will be rolling out to users over the course of today. I don’t have it yet this morning but my Pal Trey Ratcliff does and has written a blog post about it here.

Over the past year, the photographic community has come together on Google+ probably more than any other site on the internet. Many of the most active of these social photographers early on migrated over from Flickr to Google. While there have been some great conversations that have gone on in many Google+ posts by individuals, what Google has lacked is a town square sort of feature where individuals could congregate around a shared idea. Today’s launch of communities addresses that and it also offers photographers a direct competing platform for Flickr groups for the first time.

I haven’t tried communities yet, so I don’t know how robust it is compared to Flickr groups, but one thing Google seems to do really well is quickly innovate and improve new features on G+ after they launch them. I’ll write a follow up post once I get a chance to try them out. I’m sure I’ll be joining Trey’s new community and probably creating one of my own. Stay tuned. 🙂

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  1. Jordan Oram says:

    It’s about to get interesting 😉

    One thing about Google, they’re always innovating, creating, trying new things. And it happens amongst a group that is generally open to that change.

    I’ve been waiting for this for awhile. It’s like Christmas came a bit early 😉

  2. Tyson Jerry says:

    Most certainly looking forward to this feature.

    This will hopefully encourage me to engage with google+ users more and help build a bit of a following…. what ever I’m doing now, doesn’t seem to be working. Luckily, I’m aware that the fault is probably mine since I’m not consistant with Google+.

    Like, Oram implied.. this is exciting!

  3. Aaron says:

    I’m curious to check it out (like you I don’t yet have communities access). It’ll be interesting to see how granular the communities are (or can be). One big photography community (even with the handful of sub-groups for critique, gear, etc) isn’t going to be anything like the Flickr groups, where my favorite groups were focused around a specific genre, theme, or locale. We shall see…

  4. Melody Migas says:

    G+ just keeps getting better and better.