Google has this week revealed a new redesign for their social network, Google+, adding a new lease of life to the somewhat unpopular network. There’s also two new features that have been added, called Communities and Collections.
Google explains more:
“We’ve spent a lot of time listening to what people using Google+ had to say. There were two features they kept coming back to: Communities, which now average 1.2 million new joins per day, and Collections, which launched just five months ago and is growing even faster… And so we’ve reimagined Google+ to help them do that. Today, we’re starting to introduce a fully redesigned Google+ that puts Communities and Collections front and center. Now focused around interests, the new Google+ is much simpler.”
Communities are basically a public or private membership forum where users can share topics and interests with the other members, as well as support and discuss related categories, find relevant conversations within Google+, start hangouts, or plan events with members.
Collections adds upon this, providing users with a new way to organise and share the things that interest them, either publicly or privately.
Once created, your profile will show a new tab to allow others to find and follow your collections, posts from these collections will also appear in your home stream.
And all of this is not just for the web version of the social network, Google have also rebuilt the Google+ apps on both iOS and Android.
You can try out the new Google+ on the web today, to do so all you have to do is sign in and accept to join it when you see the prompt. After which you are able to go back to the classic version via a prompt in the bottom left-hand corner.