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Google Россия816,873*22 апреля в 19:00 (МСК) на странице +Google Россия пройдёт видеовстреча, посвящённая вопросам интеграции Google+ и YouTube.* Гиды форумов @100275833344620826400 и @100541073128408623254 расскажут о том, как эффективнее использовать оба сервиса вместе, создавать единый бренд для своего канала/страницы/профиля, как оформлять посты и события, общаться с аудиторией. Мы также затронем самые распространенные проблемы с использованием этих сервисов: привязка канала к страницам Google+, управление комментариями, получение персональных URL и не только. На ваши вопросы будут отвечать Ведущие Участники с форумов Google+ и #YouTube . Вопросы принимаются через приложение «Вопросы» (http://goo.gl/R8irn1) или в комментариях к мероприятию. Чтобы поучаствовать в видеовстрече, примите приглашение на это мероприятие и перейдите по ссылке на прямой эфир в указанное время. Полезные ссылки: Сообщество Поддержки Google+: g.co/GooglePlusRu; Форум Поддержки Google+: http://goo.gl/asTbP; Сообщество Авторов YouTube: http://goo.gl/XjO8uY; Форум Поддержки YouTube: http://goo.gl/oJ6yxR.   #HOA #YouTube #GooglePlusКак работают вместе Google+ и YouTube. Отвечаем на самые часто задаваемые вопросы!2015-04-22 18:00:00347  
Google+13,975,078The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033489  
Google+13,975,078A visual recap of this week on Google+.Google+ Photo Recap (9/30/2013 - 10/6/2013)2013-09-30 14:00:0023  

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2017-05-24 18:45:45 (500 comments; 720 reshares; 2,716 +1s; )Open 

What's new with Google+

Hey there Plussers! I'm your friendly neighborhood Server Eng Manger, and I wanted to take a little time to tell you some of the great things the G+ team is working on. As always, we listen carefully to your feedback, and in the coming months, we'll be focusing on your most highly requested areas of improvement, including:

• Better spam control
• Enhanced community moderation
• Improvements to the web user experience
• More intuitive navigation and discovery
• Cleaner notifications

And more that we'll reveal as they become available ;)

We've heard your desire to stay informed about G+ product updates. Going forward, you can expect to hear more from me; our Product Managers, like +John Nack, our Program Managers, like +Carter Gibson; and Community Managers, like +Leanne Osborne and+Madelein... more »

Most reshares: 720

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2017-05-24 18:45:45 (500 comments; 720 reshares; 2,716 +1s; )Open 

What's new with Google+

Hey there Plussers! I'm your friendly neighborhood Server Eng Manger, and I wanted to take a little time to tell you some of the great things the G+ team is working on. As always, we listen carefully to your feedback, and in the coming months, we'll be focusing on your most highly requested areas of improvement, including:

• Better spam control
• Enhanced community moderation
• Improvements to the web user experience
• More intuitive navigation and discovery
• Cleaner notifications

And more that we'll reveal as they become available ;)

We've heard your desire to stay informed about G+ product updates. Going forward, you can expect to hear more from me; our Product Managers, like +John Nack, our Program Managers, like +Carter Gibson; and Community Managers, like +Leanne Osborne and+Madelein... more »

Most plusones: 4113

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2017-05-31 20:28:19 (323 comments; 252 reshares; 4,113 +1s; )Open 

This Month On Google+: May Edition

Enjoy this quick refresher of what we've been up to during the last 30 days.

We introduced community invite links, which makes it easier than ever to grow membership to your G+ communities (https://goo.gl/dLydkT)

We recognized Plant Photography, Interviews Of A Street Photographer, Explorations In Space, 5 Ingredients Or Less, and Unusual Easel as our Collections Of The Week. Visit them in this Collection (https://goo.gl/wT31zD)

The Force ran through us on May 4th as we celebrated #StarWarsDay

We highlighted the the Good Guys Gaming community (https://goo.gl/DjhevA)

The Toy Photography Community on Google+ paid homage to some of the most memorable movies of all time with #TinyToysBigScreen

Visit the Community Vanguards Collection for tips... more »

Latest 50 posts

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2017-06-23 19:20:45 (43 comments; 24 reshares; 427 +1s; )Open 


Four days to #Collections101
Save the date: 6/27, 8.00pm PDT (UTC-7) https://youtu.be/jMzkqtZx6fM

What is Collections 101?
Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 brings you tips on how to create Collections that stand out and insider strategies for creating great content from our expert panelists, +Noble and +David Amerland!

When is it? How do I join?
The event is June 27th, at 8.00pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). Anybody can join, just use this link to access the YouTube livestream on the day! https://youtu.be/jMzkqtZx6fM

Got questions for our Panelists? Leave a comment below.
And if you haven’t yet, check out the Collections Community learn more about the event and Collections! goo.gl/Y697jC

https://youtu.be/jMzkqtZx6fM 


Four days to #Collections101
Save the date: 6/27, 8.00pm PDT (UTC-7) https://youtu.be/jMzkqtZx6fM

What is Collections 101?
Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 brings you tips on how to create Collections that stand out and insider strategies for creating great content from our expert panelists, +Noble and +David Amerland!

When is it? How do I join?
The event is June 27th, at 8.00pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). Anybody can join, just use this link to access the YouTube livestream on the day! https://youtu.be/jMzkqtZx6fM

Got questions for our Panelists? Leave a comment below.
And if you haven’t yet, check out the Collections Community learn more about the event and Collections! goo.gl/Y697jC

https://youtu.be/jMzkqtZx6fM ___

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2017-06-22 01:22:28 (117 comments; 64 reshares; 611 +1s; )Open 

Reshare straight to Google+ more easily.

Reshare to Google+ in fewer clicks

As of today, when you hit the share icon on a Google+ post, you'll automatically be taken to a Google+ reshare of the post. Previously, users were given an option between Google+ and other social options. This was done in an effort to reduce the number of clicks it took you to reshare Google+ content on Google+. While there is no longer direct share capability to other social sites, copy/paste from the address bar in your browser still works just fine.

We hope this will make your experience here a little bit more seamless and thanks for the feedback that got us here!___Reshare straight to Google+ more easily.

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2017-06-20 19:33:54 (84 comments; 48 reshares; 1,131 +1s; )Open 

Google+ Collection of The Week: Vintage Astronomy, Science & Art

This Collection from +Vladimir Pecha unearths cool and interesting pictures and tidbits from the past to pique the interest of readers.

In this photo, workers clean the inside of a rocket's liquid oxygen tank in the space division of General Dynamics in 1961.

Vintage Astronomy, Science & Art: https://plus.google.com/collection/kTPVgB

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

Google+ Collection of The Week: Vintage Astronomy, Science & Art

This Collection from +Vladimir Pecha unearths cool and interesting pictures and tidbits from the past to pique the interest of readers.

In this photo, workers clean the inside of a rocket's liquid oxygen tank in the space division of General Dynamics in 1961.

Vintage Astronomy, Science & Art: https://plus.google.com/collection/kTPVgB

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024___

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2017-06-19 20:02:42 (221 comments; 119 reshares; 2,817 +1s; )Open 

Add #MountainMonday to your Google+ rotation

For almost six years, +Michael Russell has been running the +Mountain Monday project, which aims to display beautiful mountain photography here on G+.

If you wish to participate in Mountain Monday, post a photograph you have made of a mountain (or has mountains in it) - tag +Michael Russell in the post, and use the hashtag #mountainmonday!

If you're more of a spectator, just head over to the Mountain Monday profile and enjoy the cool shots!

Add #MountainMonday to your Google+ rotation

For almost six years, +Michael Russell has been running the +Mountain Monday project, which aims to display beautiful mountain photography here on G+.

If you wish to participate in Mountain Monday, post a photograph you have made of a mountain (or has mountains in it) - tag +Michael Russell in the post, and use the hashtag #mountainmonday!

If you're more of a spectator, just head over to the Mountain Monday profile and enjoy the cool shots!___

2017-06-19 17:04:16 (178 comments; 43 reshares; 577 +1s; )Open 

What do you love about Google+?

Inspired by an Earth Day initiative, +Nina Trankova, decided to start a Collection to interview her Google+ friends on what the platform means to them. Follow her Collection and check out these great interviews!


What do you love about Google+?

Inspired by an Earth Day initiative, +Nina Trankova, decided to start a Collection to interview her Google+ friends on what the platform means to them. Follow her Collection and check out these great interviews!
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2017-06-15 22:23:48 (76 comments; 31 reshares; 390 +1s; )Open 

#Collections101 Panelist: +Noble
Save the date: June 27th, 2017

We are excited to announce our first #Collections101 panelist, +Noble!

Noble is a senior technical product manager with over a decade of experience in shipping mobile, AR, and VR products that meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of users in the enterprise and consumer space. He is a Publicity Chair for Ubicomp and ISWC, two top-tier conferences for the internet of things and wearable technology. Noble’s highest engaging collections focus on Connected Things (IoT), Connected Mobility (Automotive Tech), and Wearable Computing for for consumers and Enterprise use cases.

What is #Collections101?
Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 will not only bringy... more »

#Collections101 Panelist: +Noble
Save the date: June 27th, 2017

We are excited to announce our first #Collections101 panelist, +Noble!

Noble is a senior technical product manager with over a decade of experience in shipping mobile, AR, and VR products that meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of users in the enterprise and consumer space. He is a Publicity Chair for Ubicomp and ISWC, two top-tier conferences for the internet of things and wearable technology. Noble’s highest engaging collections focus on Connected Things (IoT), Connected Mobility (Automotive Tech), and Wearable Computing for for consumers and Enterprise use cases.

What is #Collections101?
Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 will not only bring you the basics on Collections, but also give you insider tips on how to create Collections that stand out. The event is June 27th 2017, at 8PM Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). Stay tuned for our next panelist and more information about the live-stream!

Leave a comment if you have any Collections questions for Noble, and be sure to check out his cool Collections like this one about Wearables!

Also, visit the Collections Community to learn more about the event and Collections! https://plus.google.com/u/1/communities/104797282868426074024 ___

2017-06-15 16:28:13 (195 comments; 61 reshares; 755 +1s; )Open 

Changes to the +1 button for publishers

Making the G+1 button load more quickly

The G+1 button is shown billions of times per day on web pages around the world, so it’s important that it load as quickly and efficiently as possible. To make it easier for people to load and share the pages they’re interested in, we’ve created a simpler G+1 button sharing experience.

Beginning in a few weeks, clicking the +1 button will open a streamlined new Google+ sharing dialog, and the G+1 button will no longer display a +1 count. If you’re a publisher, you can rest assured that these +1s do not affect search ranking and the size and layout of the button will remain the same.

These changes will only affect the G+1 button outside of Google+. The +1 button within Google+ will continue to work the same way it always has.

If you’d like to view all of the pages you’ve +1’d over the years, you can download a list using Google Takeout.

We hope this change makes it that much easier to check out and recommend all the interesting things you discover!
___Changes to the +1 button for publishers

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2017-06-14 19:41:00 (126 comments; 47 reshares; 802 +1s; )Open 

Explore the world of virtual reality with +Roy Hembree

If you're interested in news concerning virtual and augmented reality from #E32017, check out Roy's VR Collection. In addition to E3 news, Roy also shares information about VR as a whole, including new and emerging devices while adding commentary and context.

Visit Virtual Reality: https://plus.google.com/collection/88OG_

Explore the world of virtual reality with +Roy Hembree

If you're interested in news concerning virtual and augmented reality from #E32017, check out Roy's VR Collection. In addition to E3 news, Roy also shares information about VR as a whole, including new and emerging devices while adding commentary and context.

Visit Virtual Reality: https://plus.google.com/collection/88OG____

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2017-06-13 20:14:25 (130 comments; 27 reshares; 346 +1s; )Open 

YouTube Live At #E32017

Keeping up with the massive amount of updates at E3 can be a tall order. An easy way to see a comprehensive list of all of the action is through YouTube live. You can watch all of the big presentations from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft as well as catch exclusive interviews with game developers.

YouTube Live: https://gaming.youtube.com/e3

Thanks, +Peggy K!

YouTube is Live at E3

In case you are unaware, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is on, with gaming galore.

This year, YouTube is back again to give gamers around the world a front row seat to everything at E3 on our YouTube Gaming hub. Yesterday we began our exclusive two-day, 17-hour livestream hosted by Geoff Keighley and brought to you by Totino’s Pizza Rolls™. We saw the reveal of the Xbox One X and made live Tiltbrush Art in mixed reality, all in 4K Ultra HD. We're back today at 1 p.m. PT with more press releases, exclusive interviews, and discussion with YouTube's biggest names.

The YouTube Gaming hub:
http://gaming.youtube.com/e3

Check out the Trailer Battle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdAvfA-ZYG0
With our annual showcase of the hottest trailers released at and around E3, you can watch and vote for your favorite trailers, collect items, and build your inventory to save the multiverse!

Check out more details about YouTube at E3:
https://youtube.googleblog.com/2017/06/game-on-youtube-at-e3-2017.html

More from YouTube Gaming
https://twitter.com/YouTubeGaming/status/874340557769760768

#E32017___YouTube Live At #E32017

Keeping up with the massive amount of updates at E3 can be a tall order. An easy way to see a comprehensive list of all of the action is through YouTube live. You can watch all of the big presentations from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft as well as catch exclusive interviews with game developers.

YouTube Live: https://gaming.youtube.com/e3

Thanks, +Peggy K!

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2017-06-13 17:30:26 (81 comments; 61 reshares; 654 +1s; )Open 

Keep up with #E32017 with the 'All Things Gaming' topic on G+

All Things Gaming provides a frequently updated stream of some of the best gaming news, reviews, and videos on G+. If you haven't been able to keep up with all of the news from E3 (like this preview of Spider-Man), take a quick look and dive in!

All Things Gaming: https://plus.google.com/discover/AugclB

https://youtu.be/ODiiEj-GQgI

Keep up with #E32017 with the 'All Things Gaming' topic on G+

All Things Gaming provides a frequently updated stream of some of the best gaming news, reviews, and videos on G+. If you haven't been able to keep up with all of the news from E3 (like this preview of Spider-Man), take a quick look and dive in!

All Things Gaming: https://plus.google.com/discover/AugclB

https://youtu.be/ODiiEj-GQgI___

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2017-06-13 16:18:55 (155 comments; 193 reshares; 2,011 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: Biodiversity

+Corina Marinescu uncovers some of the coolest and most unique animals on Earth and drops knowledge about what makes them so special. You'll learn how these lizards can walk on water, how frog spit is a non-Newtonian fluid, and more!

Visit Biodiversity: https://plus.google.com/collection/U5fYX

Collection Of The Week: Biodiversity

+Corina Marinescu uncovers some of the coolest and most unique animals on Earth and drops knowledge about what makes them so special. You'll learn how these lizards can walk on water, how frog spit is a non-Newtonian fluid, and more!

Visit Biodiversity: https://plus.google.com/collection/U5fYX___

2017-06-12 20:06:13 (115 comments; 35 reshares; 367 +1s; )Open 

#Collections101 Panelist: +David Amerland
Save the date: June 27th, 2017

We are excited to announce our first #Collections101 panelist, +David Amerland!

David is an international speaker and the author of 15 books on business, the web, social media, search and cognitive analytics. He works with Fortune 500 companies and multi-nationals to help them better understand search, social media and communication in the age of the web. He spends more time online than most people would consider healthy but thinks with sufficient coffee in his veins he might just be able to stop entropy, at least for a while.

What is #Collections101?
Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 will not only bring you the basics on Collections, but also... more »

#Collections101 Panelist: +David Amerland
Save the date: June 27th, 2017

We are excited to announce our first #Collections101 panelist, +David Amerland!

David is an international speaker and the author of 15 books on business, the web, social media, search and cognitive analytics. He works with Fortune 500 companies and multi-nationals to help them better understand search, social media and communication in the age of the web. He spends more time online than most people would consider healthy but thinks with sufficient coffee in his veins he might just be able to stop entropy, at least for a while.

What is #Collections101?
Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 will not only bring you the basics on Collections, but also give you insider tips on how to create Collections that stand out. The event is June 27th 2017, at 8PM Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). Stay tuned for our next panelist and more information about the live-stream!

Leave a comment if you have any Collections questions for David, and be sure to check out his fascinating Collections like this one about ”Web Culture!”

Also, visit the Collections Community to learn more about the event and Collections!: https://plus.google.com/u/1/communities/104797282868426074024 ___

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2017-06-12 16:54:44 (64 comments; 51 reshares; 960 +1s; )Open 

E3 Is Here! #E32017

Every June, titans of the video game industry gather in Los Angeles to introduce the latest and greatest games and hardware to the world. The Electronic Entertainment Expo whips fans into a frenzy and leaves everyone anticipating the return of their favorite game franchises.

For the next few days, we'll be featuring gaming Communities and Collections where you can find the latest updates on E3.

Also be sure to check out the #E32017 hashtag for breaking news and commentary from the G+ Community. 

E3 Is Here! #E32017

Every June, titans of the video game industry gather in Los Angeles to introduce the latest and greatest games and hardware to the world. The Electronic Entertainment Expo whips fans into a frenzy and leaves everyone anticipating the return of their favorite game franchises.

For the next few days, we'll be featuring gaming Communities and Collections where you can find the latest updates on E3.

Also be sure to check out the #E32017 hashtag for breaking news and commentary from the G+ Community. ___

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2017-06-12 16:26:22 (97 comments; 59 reshares; 979 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices - Retaining Moderators For Your Community: How To Keep Them Invested
This piece was written by Community Vanguards member +Cliff Wade
Introduction

In this article we’re going to talk about community owners and various ways for them to keep their moderators invested within the community and ways that makes it worth continuing to do the job they do that is so very important to each and every community on Google+

There will be ideas of things that I feel might be of use to a community owner or even specific things mentioned by a couple of my own community moderators for the Nova Launcher communities that I’m in charge of here on G+.

Owner vs Moderator: Treat Them All The Same
There is always an owner of a community and then there are moderators of a community in most cases. For me personally as acom... more »

Community Management Best Practices - Retaining Moderators For Your Community: How To Keep Them Invested
This piece was written by Community Vanguards member +Cliff Wade
Introduction

In this article we’re going to talk about community owners and various ways for them to keep their moderators invested within the community and ways that makes it worth continuing to do the job they do that is so very important to each and every community on Google+

There will be ideas of things that I feel might be of use to a community owner or even specific things mentioned by a couple of my own community moderators for the Nova Launcher communities that I’m in charge of here on G+.

Owner vs Moderator: Treat Them All The Same
There is always an owner of a community and then there are moderators of a community in most cases. For me personally as a community owner of two communities for Nova Launcher where I have 3 moderators I don’t separate the two roles.

For me, my moderators are my team members and they work with me, not for me. I treat them as a complete equal to me in every way possible. If they have suggestions or ideas of community settings or something we could change within the community, we discuss it on our Slack channel and then whatever we agree upon, I let them change it or enable/disable it or whatever.

It’s important to make them feel as much as a part of the overall team as possible. When they are able to change little settings like “Hold Posts For Review” or something similar, it gives them a sense of responsibility but it also makes them realize that I as the owner trust them to not mess things up. And that’s definitely how it is because I do trust them. If I didn’t, they wouldn’t be my moderators and someone you don’t trust shouldn’t be your moderator either.

They know and understand things ultimately get discussed with me on any changes within the community, but that’s where me as the owner stops being separated from them as a moderator. We are a team and in our case we are family in a lot of ways. We spend hours and hours talking to each other, and not always just about community related items but about general everyday stuff as well. Again, this gives them comfort and makes them enjoy being a part of everything and in my opinion is one of the reasons why they continue to do what they do when it comes to community moderation.

When They Post On G+, Interact With Them On Their Posts
This is another thing in my opinion as it shows your moderators that you care about them beyond just the community, their duties within the community and similar things.

When they see you interacting with them on posts outside of the community, they get a sense that you care, and you should. These guys and girls are the ones that help keep our communities running as smoothly as possible and without them, where would we be?

They make an everyday general post on G+ outside of the community and you share it, hit that +1 button and then interact via a comment, they know you’re there for more than just their moderator abilities. Again, this hopefully makes them appreciate you more and to want to continue to come back and do the their moderator duties for your community.

Have Fun With Them Outside Of G+
For myself and my moderators, we have a Slack channel where myself, the Nova Launcher developer, our graphics guy and of course the moderators themselves hang out and talk. We have separate chat channels for mod stuff only but we have a #General channel where day to day talk happens. This is where we talk about anything and everything, and even at times a bit of moderation type stuff gets discussed here. But more importantly it’s a place for all of us, but especially them, to wind down, express themselves, talk about the things they enjoy, post a news link they have read and found interesting or whatever else.

This lets them unwind from the moderation duties. As we all should know, moderating can be a stressful job at times and there are times that unwinding and just relaxing and getting away from the “work day” is important and much needed.

Their Opinions Matter, So Let’s Ask Them
As I stated early on I would also be including some information directly from my mods as to what keeps them motivated to want to come back and do this every day.

+Ivan Staines provided his thoughts below:
1. We all get on together as a team. To me that's the most important thing.
2. This is never boring, there's always something new or different to get our teeth into.
3. Being able to help newer users who frankly don't have a clue about Nova and what Nova can / can't do is always a little rewarding.
4. I think having a team of mods from all over the place is a good thing as we have such diverse and different cultures and time zones to deal with issues.
5. There's always someone around to help users.

+Stephan Schwöbel provided his thoughts below:
1. Broadening my knowledge
2. Applying knowledge to help other members
3. Being part of an international community
4. Meeting the challenges of repetitive questions
5. Developing, pertaining and delivering a communication culture
6. Being there for those who seek help
7. Having fun to work with a muti-cultural moderating team

Conclusion And Final Thoughts
This list of things I’ve mentioned are just a small part of many things you can do to keep your moderators interested in the community and for them to keep coming back. As you can see from a couple of my moderators themselves, they share some of the same opinions and ideas of what it means to be a moderator and what it takes for them to remain invested into the community to continue doing what they do each and every day.

Again, without our moderators we would be in a world of hurt and would have even more things to have to deal with on a daily basis than what we already have and that can often lead the downfall of a community once it were to get to grow to a certain size and we as a single person couldn’t handle it.

Treat them like family and interact with them as well as show them that you truly do appreciate them. Appreciation goes a very long way with most people and chances are it will go even further with your moderators.

Don’t always sit and talk business and all about the community. Have normal everyday conversations with them and show them they are more than just someone who is “working for you” by helping you keep a community clean and organized and I assure you they will stick around.

One final thing I'd like to add as some hopeful inspiration. I took the picture below while in Las Vegas in January 2017 and this picture states something to me with regards to this very topic of conversation. What it says to me is that you want to reach for the highest platform possible when it comes to communicating, dealing with and encouraging your fellow employees, moderators or whatever. No platform is too high to achieve if you put your mind to it.

How does that go along with this picture you ask? For me, I look at it as this. If I can make it as high as that building top then just a couple more steps is the moon and right beyond that is the sky that we all know is unlimited.

Treat your people with respect and appreciate them at all costs. With that you and them both will be successful and likely achieve a lot of things within your community.

Cliff Wade runs the Nova Launcher Beta Community, among others: https://plus.google.com/communities/113183067148724183791
Follow our Collection for more Community management tips! https://plus.google.com/collection/4G0lkB___

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2017-06-09 17:21:00 (180 comments; 84 reshares; 1,415 +1s; )Open 

Explore the 'World Travels' Collection with +Indrani Ghose #MyTravelStory

In addition to candid snapshots, Indrani's stories and explanations provide a great window into each location for us to peer through.

World Travels: https://plus.google.com/collection/4BZA_

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA

A #street in #toledo #Spain #Europe

#travelblogger #travelphotography #Streetphotography +Travel Photographers #ttot ___Explore the 'World Travels' Collection with +Indrani Ghose #MyTravelStory

In addition to candid snapshots, Indrani's stories and explanations provide a great window into each location for us to peer through.

World Travels: https://plus.google.com/collection/4BZA_

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA

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2017-06-08 19:57:25 (155 comments; 94 reshares; 1,525 +1s; )Open 

Explore 'Korea The Land Of Dreams' with +ThegreatSpots KangChrisKorea #MyTravelStory

You'll find stunning skylines, beautiful architecture, the fashion scene and more in this travel Collection.

Explore The Korea Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/EgJJW

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA

책꽂이, Chaek ggo ji
Coex is setting up a largest free tental service in Korea. Look at this giant Bookshelf. By the way, how can they pick a book from high positioned book if I order it? By Ladder or Drone?

Bookshelf @Coex, Seoul
May 2017

#책[chaek] = Book

How does your bookself look like? You may see your local books?

#chaek #book #coex #Seoul___Explore 'Korea The Land Of Dreams' with +ThegreatSpots KangChrisKorea #MyTravelStory

You'll find stunning skylines, beautiful architecture, the fashion scene and more in this travel Collection.

Explore The Korea Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/EgJJW

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA

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2017-06-08 14:03:25 (147 comments; 77 reshares; 2,157 +1s; )Open 

On the Caribbean sea with +Matvey Z #MyTravelStory

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Caribbean Sea
#mytravelstory___On the Caribbean sea with +Matvey Z #MyTravelStory

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own travel posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA


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2017-06-07 21:40:37 (187 comments; 115 reshares; 1,956 +1s; )Open 

Explore the beauty of the United States with +Luci Westphal #MyTravelStory

Luci covers everything from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the stunning rock formations of Utah. Take a peek!

Traveling The US of A: https://plus.google.com/collection/cyBZkB

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA

Explore the beauty of the United States with +Luci Westphal #MyTravelStory

Luci covers everything from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the stunning rock formations of Utah. Take a peek!

Traveling The US of A: https://plus.google.com/collection/cyBZkB

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA___

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2017-06-07 18:04:50 (99 comments; 80 reshares; 1,297 +1s; )Open 

Explore Bali Culture and Traditions with +Anna's Soul Travel #MyTravelStory

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Bali through Anna's extensive Collection. Everything from cuisine, social customs, and religious aspects are explored.

Bali Culture and Traditions: https://plus.google.com/collection/YCtVGE

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA


Explore Bali Culture and Traditions with +Anna's Soul Travel #MyTravelStory

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Bali through Anna's extensive Collection. Everything from cuisine, social customs, and religious aspects are explored.

Bali Culture and Traditions: https://plus.google.com/collection/YCtVGE

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA
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2017-06-07 17:39:26 (91 comments; 17 reshares; 484 +1s; )Open 

Get the inside scoop on Collections at #Collections101

Save the date for this panel hosted by Create members for tips & tricks on how to create Collections that stand out!

Visit the Collections Community to learn more: https://plus.google.com/u/1/communities/104797282868426074024

ANNOUNCEMENT: 3rd #Collections101 Panel
Save the date: 6/27, 8.00pm PDT (UTC-7)

What is this panel about?
We want to help you learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+. We’ll not only bring you tips on how to create Collections that stand out, but we’ll also hear insider strategies for creating great content from some of our top Creators on Google+!

When is it? How do I join?
The event is June 27th, at 8.00pm Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). It will be livestreamed on Youtube. Keep an eye out for the event link closer to the date. Anybody can join, so feel free to invite your friends and share about it on Google+!

Hope to see you there! And stay tuned for our Panelist reveals this week!
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Save the date for this panel hosted by Create members for tips & tricks on how to create Collections that stand out!

Visit the Collections Community to learn more: https://plus.google.com/u/1/communities/104797282868426074024

2017-06-06 21:46:31 (97 comments; 36 reshares; 381 +1s; )Open 

Explore the globe with +Jaina Mistry for #MyTravelStory

From street art in Vietnam to the colorful homes of Lisbon, Jaina's travel Collection provides an interesting look at a diverse array of cultures.

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA

Sharing photos of my travels is the best way for me to relive those moments. This year looks to be another year of plenty of travels, with a trip to the USA already under my belt, another one coming up in August, Canada too, and then Spain (hopefully) in December.

Follow along on my travels!

#MyTravelStory___Explore the globe with +Jaina Mistry for #MyTravelStory

From street art in Vietnam to the colorful homes of Lisbon, Jaina's travel Collection provides an interesting look at a diverse array of cultures.

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Use the hashtag #MyTravelStory to share your own posts and Collections. More info here! https://goo.gl/CUXUQA

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2017-06-06 20:28:09 (89 comments; 46 reshares; 912 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: +Virginia Poltrack's 'Super Heroes'

'Super Heroes' features vector illustrations of some of the most iconic heroines of our time. Including both real-life and fictional characters, this diverse lineup has something for everyone.

Explore more of Virginia's Super Heroes: https://plus.google.com/collection/UIAYCE

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

Collection Of The Week: +Virginia Poltrack's 'Super Heroes'

'Super Heroes' features vector illustrations of some of the most iconic heroines of our time. Including both real-life and fictional characters, this diverse lineup has something for everyone.

Explore more of Virginia's Super Heroes: https://plus.google.com/collection/UIAYCE

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024___

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2017-06-06 16:08:04 (99 comments; 72 reshares; 1,183 +1s; )Open 

Share your travel stories!
#mytravelstory

With the middle of the year approaching soon, many of you will be traveling around the world and going on vacation. We travel to fill our lives with adventures and stories, to meet with family and friends, and to relax. Whatever the reason for your trip, we are sure that you have some incredible photos and moments to share with the world.

Tell us about the friends you made, the sights you saw, and the local cuisines you ate. We want to learn about your vacations and hear your travel tips and suggestions.

We will be promoting some of your posts and Collections about vacationing over the next few days, so be sure to share your travel moments using the hashtag #mytravelstory. If you already have a Collection that would do well with this campaign, let us know by sharing it with the hashtag!
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Share your travel stories!
#mytravelstory

With the middle of the year approaching soon, many of you will be traveling around the world and going on vacation. We travel to fill our lives with adventures and stories, to meet with family and friends, and to relax. Whatever the reason for your trip, we are sure that you have some incredible photos and moments to share with the world.

Tell us about the friends you made, the sights you saw, and the local cuisines you ate. We want to learn about your vacations and hear your travel tips and suggestions.

We will be promoting some of your posts and Collections about vacationing over the next few days, so be sure to share your travel moments using the hashtag #mytravelstory. If you already have a Collection that would do well with this campaign, let us know by sharing it with the hashtag!

Don’t forget to share your moments! #mytravelstory___

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2017-06-05 17:40:52 (209 comments; 85 reshares; 1,928 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member Renaud aka +LinkLens

Hi Renaud! Tell us about how you started sharing your photography.

"I'm a french photographer, based in Paris. I joined Google+ in 2015, and I quickly created my page LinkLens.It was my first step in photography, the idea was to promote other photographers. I learned a lot by following these mentors. I was inspired by them, and it was only at the end of 2016 that I decided to take back my main account and share my own work."

What do you enjoy about street photography - what sets it apart from other types of photography?

"What motivates me [about] street photography is the adrenaline..when I obtain a decisive moment. This moment is unique, it is a small personal glory, and an immense satisfaction."

Renaud’s Collections

Showroom photos: theg... more »

Meet Create Member Renaud aka +LinkLens

Hi Renaud! Tell us about how you started sharing your photography.

"I'm a french photographer, based in Paris. I joined Google+ in 2015, and I quickly created my page LinkLens.It was my first step in photography, the idea was to promote other photographers. I learned a lot by following these mentors. I was inspired by them, and it was only at the end of 2016 that I decided to take back my main account and share my own work."

What do you enjoy about street photography - what sets it apart from other types of photography?

"What motivates me [about] street photography is the adrenaline..when I obtain a decisive moment. This moment is unique, it is a small personal glory, and an immense satisfaction."

Renaud’s Collections

Showroom photos: the gallery: https://plus.google.com/collection/8HYsgB
My photo walk: https://plus.google.com/collection/YvOZX___

2017-06-02 18:04:24 (150 comments; 71 reshares; 487 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: 3 easy steps to Achieve Immortality for you and your Community
This post was written by Community Vanguards member +Azlin Bloor

The Foodies+ community has grown and grown over the last 4 years and is one of the most popular communities on Google+. Not quite immortality, but getting there.

Here’s a rundown on how we do it:

1. Hold regular themed events that encourage every member to participate. We’ve had:
· Themed Months – Healthy, Croatian, Tapas, Breakfasts, etc

· Weekly Hashtags – #JapaneseWednesday, #FrenchFriday

· Topical/Festive – Christmas, Chinese New Year, etc.

· Random Topics with catchy titles - Zing & Zany, Reigning Rice, Oodles of Noodles

The whole campaign is led by one member, who writes an introductory post, introducing the topic with anybackground in... more »

Community Management Best Practices: 3 easy steps to Achieve Immortality for you and your Community
This post was written by Community Vanguards member +Azlin Bloor

The Foodies+ community has grown and grown over the last 4 years and is one of the most popular communities on Google+. Not quite immortality, but getting there.

Here’s a rundown on how we do it:

1. Hold regular themed events that encourage every member to participate. We’ve had:
· Themed Months – Healthy, Croatian, Tapas, Breakfasts, etc

· Weekly Hashtags – #JapaneseWednesday, #FrenchFriday

· Topical/Festive – Christmas, Chinese New Year, etc.

· Random Topics with catchy titles - Zing & Zany, Reigning Rice, Oodles of Noodles

The whole campaign is led by one member, who writes an introductory post, introducing the topic with any background information. This topic curator would have previously sounded out a handful of members. As soon as the introductory post goes live, the rest of the members are free to post relevant recipes related to the chosen topic. This continues for the rest of the month.

These regular campaigns inject an awesome rush of activity into the community, encouraging conversations that very often continue into the night.

2. Don’t just rely on the Mods
One of the things to note here is that Foodies+ views these regular themes as a way of promoting its members. Past topics have been curated not just by moderators but by valued members who not only post regularly but also spend a lot of their time talking to each other within the community, which is the foundation of our success.

3. Encourage all members to reshare each other’s posts with the public.
This not only promotes the members, but the community as well and has in turn, attracted good quality new members.

* Bonus Step! *
Taking the collaboration one step further, we also organise a non-virtual cookie swap amongst our members at Christmas and, more recently, we published our very first cookbook, for charity.
So there you have it. Immortality in 3 easy steps (with a little author’s licence). Now take action and see your community join the gods. Use your own imagination to come up with similar projects – better still, ask your members!

Visit Azlin's foodies Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/114884141077604568395
Follow our Collection for more Community management best practices! https://plus.google.com/collection/4G0lkB___

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2017-05-31 20:28:19 (323 comments; 252 reshares; 4,113 +1s; )Open 

This Month On Google+: May Edition

Enjoy this quick refresher of what we've been up to during the last 30 days.

We introduced community invite links, which makes it easier than ever to grow membership to your G+ communities (https://goo.gl/dLydkT)

We recognized Plant Photography, Interviews Of A Street Photographer, Explorations In Space, 5 Ingredients Or Less, and Unusual Easel as our Collections Of The Week. Visit them in this Collection (https://goo.gl/wT31zD)

The Force ran through us on May 4th as we celebrated #StarWarsDay

We highlighted the the Good Guys Gaming community (https://goo.gl/DjhevA)

The Toy Photography Community on Google+ paid homage to some of the most memorable movies of all time with #TinyToysBigScreen

Visit the Community Vanguards Collection for tips... more »

This Month On Google+: May Edition

Enjoy this quick refresher of what we've been up to during the last 30 days.

We introduced community invite links, which makes it easier than ever to grow membership to your G+ communities (https://goo.gl/dLydkT)

We recognized Plant Photography, Interviews Of A Street Photographer, Explorations In Space, 5 Ingredients Or Less, and Unusual Easel as our Collections Of The Week. Visit them in this Collection (https://goo.gl/wT31zD)

The Force ran through us on May 4th as we celebrated #StarWarsDay

We highlighted the the Good Guys Gaming community (https://goo.gl/DjhevA)

The Toy Photography Community on Google+ paid homage to some of the most memorable movies of all time with #TinyToysBigScreen

Visit the Community Vanguards Collection for tips and best practices on running a thriving and successful community on G+ (https://goo.gl/JMCGuE)

Brush up on your photography through the G+ Mentorship program (https://goo.gl/mXEfT8)

The G+ Community pooled their collective knowledge in the #ShareYourSkills hashtag.

(Photo Credit: +Shawn McClure)___

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2017-05-31 17:46:55 (196 comments; 103 reshares; 1,581 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: Unusual Easel | The Street

+Jean-Valentin Grigoras's Collection of street art spotlights some of the most creating and engaging pieces from around the world.

Unusual Easel: Street Art Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/8XvFU

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

Collection Of The Week: Unusual Easel | The Street

+Jean-Valentin Grigoras's Collection of street art spotlights some of the most creating and engaging pieces from around the world.

Unusual Easel: Street Art Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/8XvFU

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024___

2017-05-26 20:32:03 (130 comments; 87 reshares; 506 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: Promoting your Community with Pages and Collections

_This post was written by Community Vanguards member +John Chvatal _

A Google+ Page used in conjunction with Collections is a great way of bringing more value to members of a Community. People love it when they are recognized for their contributions to a Community. The added benefit is it encourages people to put extra time and effort into the contributions they make to a Community.

A major difference between a Page and a Profile is that Pages can have multiple managers. Community moderators could be made managers of the Page, which allows for tasks to be divided up amongst the moderators of a Community. If you want to have multiple moderators manage an Event, a Page must be used instead of a Profile.

Creating a Google+ Page
Before sharing some examples,... more »

Community Management Best Practices: Promoting your Community with Pages and Collections

_This post was written by Community Vanguards member +John Chvatal _

A Google+ Page used in conjunction with Collections is a great way of bringing more value to members of a Community. People love it when they are recognized for their contributions to a Community. The added benefit is it encourages people to put extra time and effort into the contributions they make to a Community.

A major difference between a Page and a Profile is that Pages can have multiple managers. Community moderators could be made managers of the Page, which allows for tasks to be divided up amongst the moderators of a Community. If you want to have multiple moderators manage an Event, a Page must be used instead of a Profile.

Creating a Google+ Page
Before sharing some examples, you’ll need to create a Google+ page. To create a Page, visit: https://business.google.com/manage/#/pages and click the button in the lower right-hand corner. I suggest you pick “Community” for the “Type of page”. You don’t need to add a website URL. Then, go through the rest of the prompts to create a Page. Don’t forget to add a profile photo, cover photo, and fill out the “About” tab.

Creating a Google+ Collection
Google+ Create member [+Dustin Stout or +Eli Fennell has a great guide on how to create a Collection:
[https://dustn.tv/google-plus-collections/ or http://elifennell.com/tips-using-google-collections/]

Also, check out the official Google+ Best Practices for Collections guide:
https://plus.google.com/+googleplus/posts/3zBwGASw3LW

Time for some Examples
Before wrapping this up, here are a couple of ideas on how to utilize Google+ Pages and Collections to create more vibrant Communities.

1. A Photography Community could create a Collection to feature one photo a day from a member of the Community.

2. A Community focused more on discussions could create a Collection and share a link to a post that has a particularly interesting discussion. This would in effect boost the visibility of that post.

3. Create a weekly recap or a newsletter for the Community with links to the top posts so members with busy lives can keep up to date on what is happening in the Community.

+John Chvatal runs the Gazing Skyward Aviation Community, and manages the +Gazing Skyward TV Page, using Collections to promote his content: https://plus.google.com/communities/114416383815843442147
Check out our Collection for more Community Best Practices: https://plus.google.com/collection/4G0lkB___

2017-05-25 19:33:26 (154 comments; 67 reshares; 497 +1s; )Open 

Decipher technology's impact on our lives with Create member Michael Brown

+Michael Brown created this Collection because he "noticed a lot of people sharing and resharing tech blog posts without sharing or breaking down their own thoughts on the advancement of technology and how it effects everyday people. Not everyone can understand the changes that technology brings, but most of the time it affects everyone."

Follow Michael's Collection The Decipher, and maybe you'll be inspired to join him in fostering more in-depth discussion about tech and society! 

Decipher technology's impact on our lives with Create member Michael Brown

+Michael Brown created this Collection because he "noticed a lot of people sharing and resharing tech blog posts without sharing or breaking down their own thoughts on the advancement of technology and how it effects everyday people. Not everyone can understand the changes that technology brings, but most of the time it affects everyone."

Follow Michael's Collection The Decipher, and maybe you'll be inspired to join him in fostering more in-depth discussion about tech and society! ___

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2017-05-24 18:45:45 (500 comments; 720 reshares; 2,716 +1s; )Open 

Updates and increased transparency: A quick preview of things to come on Google+

What's new with Google+

Hey there Plussers! I'm your friendly neighborhood Server Eng Manger, and I wanted to take a little time to tell you some of the great things the G+ team is working on. As always, we listen carefully to your feedback, and in the coming months, we'll be focusing on your most highly requested areas of improvement, including:

• Better spam control
• Enhanced community moderation
• Improvements to the web user experience
• More intuitive navigation and discovery
• Cleaner notifications

And more that we'll reveal as they become available ;)

We've heard your desire to stay informed about G+ product updates. Going forward, you can expect to hear more from me; our Product Managers, like +John Nack, our Program Managers, like +Carter Gibson; and Community Managers, like +Leanne Osborne and +Madeleine DeRome. We'll try our best to reply to questions and keep you up to date on all the great progress.

Thanks!
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2017-05-23 19:43:30 (382 comments; 117 reshares; 1,560 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: 5 Ingredients Or Less Recipes

Problem: We all love food but we're often busy
Solution: Quick and easy recipes with minimal ingredients

This Collection from +Holly Clegg hits the spot 🍰🍜

5 Ingredients Or Less Recipes: https://plus.google.com/collection/cZ6mGE
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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

Collection Of The Week: 5 Ingredients Or Less Recipes

Problem: We all love food but we're often busy
Solution: Quick and easy recipes with minimal ingredients

This Collection from +Holly Clegg hits the spot 🍰🍜

5 Ingredients Or Less Recipes: https://plus.google.com/collection/cZ6mGE
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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024___

2017-05-22 20:18:26 (213 comments; 101 reshares; 654 +1s; )Open 

Exploring ancient villages with +Carlo Ciotti

Interested in the architecture and living quarters of yesteryear? Carlo's Collection explores some of the most fascinating locations from around the globe.


Exploring ancient villages with +Carlo Ciotti

Interested in the architecture and living quarters of yesteryear? Carlo's Collection explores some of the most fascinating locations from around the globe.
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2017-05-19 17:57:07 (188 comments; 80 reshares; 499 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practice: Boosting Community Engagement

This post was written by Community Vanguards member and toy photographer +Shelly Corbett

Communities are more fun when you have consistent and quality engagement. But how do you create an environment that will foster this type of behavior? Sharing and learning together is one way to accomplish an active and engaged community. In the Toy Photographers community we take engagement seriously; we enjoy learning from each other. No matter how much we think we know about our specific subject, we love to expand and improve our knowledge. Here are a few of the ways that we’ve found to boost engagement in our community:

Have fun!
If you’re having fun, then everyone else will too. To be a successful community owner or moderator you need to be an enthusiastic cheerleader. If you’re excited,then ... more »

Community Management Best Practice: Boosting Community Engagement

This post was written by Community Vanguards member and toy photographer +Shelly Corbett

Communities are more fun when you have consistent and quality engagement. But how do you create an environment that will foster this type of behavior? Sharing and learning together is one way to accomplish an active and engaged community. In the Toy Photographers community we take engagement seriously; we enjoy learning from each other. No matter how much we think we know about our specific subject, we love to expand and improve our knowledge. Here are a few of the ways that we’ve found to boost engagement in our community:

Have fun!
If you’re having fun, then everyone else will too. To be a successful community owner or moderator you need to be an enthusiastic cheerleader. If you’re excited, then everyone else will be too!

Share your passion!
If you’re enthusiastic about what you’re doing, don’t be surprised when your enthusiasm becomes contagious. If you’re excited about your community, your members will be too!

Quality engagement!
Early on, we made a decision to leave meaningful comments on every post. We want to give our members a reason to post to our community. We learned early on that our members like to be actively engaged.

Share your knowledge and expertise!
If you’re starting a community then you’re probably an expert. Share that knowledge through interesting posts such as “How to”, “Behind the Scenes”, or “Tips and Tricks”. But don’t simply post a link, tell your members why you think they should read what you’re sharing.

Ask questions!
Present open-ended questions designed to engage your members. Invite community members to share their own knowledge and experiences. By doing this you’re showing them they’re valued members of the team. We can all learn from each other.

Lead by example!
Be the type of member you want to have in your community. Moderators and owners are not only there to keep order and enforce the rules; they’re there to contribute, encourage and support.

Hold regular contests!
Nothing engages a community like a contest; everyone likes to show off their best work. The winner could even be your next month's banner photo?

Have fun!
Did I mention this already?

Running a G+ community can be a lot of work. But it can be also be extremely rewarding if you approach it with a sense of fun and joy. I know this is true because I take great pride in the Toy Photographers community that I run with +Tony Tulloch +aliceincleveland, and +Jason Nvrmore. If you like toys and photography, stop by and say ‘Hi!”

+Shelly Corbett runs the Toy Photography Community on G+: https://plus.google.com/communities/107717476696294795419
Check out our Collection for more Community Best Practices: https://plus.google.com/collection/4G0lkB___

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2017-05-19 16:36:53 (292 comments; 69 reshares; 805 +1s; )Open 

Google+ iOS Update: Improved Photo Browsing

Improved Photo Browsing

Hi friendly iOS users,

We’re proud to announce an improved photo browsing experience. Now, when you tap on a photo, you get a richer experience where you can (1) zoom-in (2) scroll to see more photos and (3) pinch or tap the icon in the top right to see a mosaic view of the photos in the stream. One of my favorite uses of this is to browse Leo Deegan’s photo collections, check it out and bring on the feedback!___Google+ iOS Update: Improved Photo Browsing

2017-05-18 19:59:42 (119 comments; 50 reshares; 471 +1s; )Open 

Taking your health into your own hands with +Michael A Koontz

G+ Create member Mike Koontz is committed to living a balanced, active lifestyle, and helping other do the same by sharing his advice on exercise, yoga, and nutrition. Follow his Healthier Living Collection to gain tips on building a healthier lifestyle one step at a time.


Taking your health into your own hands with +Michael A Koontz

G+ Create member Mike Koontz is committed to living a balanced, active lifestyle, and helping other do the same by sharing his advice on exercise, yoga, and nutrition. Follow his Healthier Living Collection to gain tips on building a healthier lifestyle one step at a time.
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2017-05-17 22:03:46 (185 comments; 47 reshares; 646 +1s; )Open 

Life Saver Triboluminescence

The Science Gifs Collection by +Colin Sullender breaks down complicated phenomenons through the internet's unofficial language.... gifs (pronounced 'jif' with a soft g 😛).

In this post, Colin breaks down Triboluminescence, which is "an optical phenomenon that generates light through the breaking of chemical bonds"

The Science Gifs Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/A2NSc

#SharingKnowledge #ShareYourSkills

Life Saver Triboluminescence

Triboluminescence is an optical phenomenon that generates light through the breaking of chemical bonds in a material when it is pulled apart, ripped, rubbed, scratched, or crushed (fractoluminescence). An exact understanding of how the process works has yet to be established. The current theory involves electrical charge separation that results in ionization of the surrounding air, which produces the flash of light.

Mint-flavored Life Saver candies are an easy way to visualize this phenomenon with the naked eye. Crushing them with a hammer (or your teeth) in a dark room will generate bright blue sparks. This light is actually generated by a two-step process involving fluorescence, which is the emission of light by a substance that has absorbed another wavelength of light. The light released by triboluminescence is ultraviolet and therefore invisible to the human eye. However, the wintergreen oil used in mint flavoring is fluorescent, and converts the invisible ultraviolet light into visible blue light.

I highly recommend watching the source video from +SmarterEveryDay to see more slow motion footage of Life Savers being hammered and shot with a pellet gun.

Source: https://youtu.be/tW8q_JfmcbU (Smarter Every Day)

#ScienceGIF #Science #GIF #Triboluminescence #Light #Luminescence #Mechanical #Chemical #Bond #Photons #Energy #HighSpeed #SlowMotion #SlowMo #LifeSaver #Lightning #SmarterEveryDay___Life Saver Triboluminescence

The Science Gifs Collection by +Colin Sullender breaks down complicated phenomenons through the internet's unofficial language.... gifs (pronounced 'jif' with a soft g 😛).

In this post, Colin breaks down Triboluminescence, which is "an optical phenomenon that generates light through the breaking of chemical bonds"

The Science Gifs Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/A2NSc

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2017-05-16 20:56:58 (109 comments; 49 reshares; 398 +1s; )Open 


+Margrit Schwarz shares fascinating finds and concepts from the intersection of art & science. #Sharingknowledge #Shareyourskills

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Teaching art & science with Collections
Fascinating finds and concepts from the intersection of art & science.

Learn about the ways that art and science intersect with Create member +Margrit Schwarz!

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+Margrit Schwarz shares fascinating finds and concepts from the intersection of art & science. #Sharingknowledge #Shareyourskills

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2017-05-16 18:45:01 (233 comments; 114 reshares; 1,820 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: Explorations In Space

This informative Collection by +Raquel Hunter traverses our galaxy with some of the most interesting tidbits of information about our closest neighbors. If you're #FeelingSpacey, check it out!

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Collection Of The Week: Explorations In Space

This informative Collection by +Raquel Hunter traverses our galaxy with some of the most interesting tidbits of information about our closest neighbors. If you're #FeelingSpacey, check it out!

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

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2017-05-16 15:27:57 (122 comments; 37 reshares; 438 +1s; )Open 

Learn about the world of ingredients

+Azlin Bloor of the Foodies+ Community runs this informative Collection featuring different ingredients from around the globe.
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Learn about the world of ingredients

+Azlin Bloor of the Foodies+ Community runs this informative Collection featuring different ingredients from around the globe.
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2017-05-15 23:16:53 (79 comments; 41 reshares; 586 +1s; )Open 

Brush up on your photography through the G+ Mentorship program

This week, G+ users are spreading their expertise through the hashtag #sharingknowledge . Join the movement and #shareyourskills

Teaching Photography with the G+ Mentorship Program
_ Passing along the gift of knowledge and experience._

The G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is an online, mini-mentorship program run by +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford, and +Alex Lapidus that gives emerging amateur photographers the opportunity to reach out to working professionals, gaining technical, artistic expression or career advice in a friendly forum.

Visit the Mentorship program's page to find out how to get involved: https://plus.google.com/105385385448524520257

This week we're celebrating educational Collections and Communities in our Teaching and Learning on G+ campaign. Show us how you use G+ to teach or learn by tagging #sharingknowledge #shareyourskills
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This week, G+ users are spreading their expertise through the hashtag #sharingknowledge . Join the movement and #shareyourskills

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2017-05-15 17:24:37 (131 comments; 106 reshares; 1,042 +1s; )Open 

Teaching and Learning on Google+

Here at Google+ we believe that learning is a life-long pursuit. Curious minds of all ages should have access to resources for the sharing of knowledge, and Collections and Communities are the perfect way to share your skills!

Do you use Collections and Communities to teach or learn from others? We have found incredibly great Communities and Collections from teachers, artists, chefs, and many other users who are dedicated toward sharing their knowledge here at Google+.

Over the next few days we’ll be sharing some of our favorite teaching resources on the Google+ page.

If you want to be part of this initiative, share the best Collections and Communities that you have learned from with us! Or share Collections and Communities that you created to teach others!

#sharingknowledge, #shareyourskillsmore »

Teaching and Learning on Google+

Here at Google+ we believe that learning is a life-long pursuit. Curious minds of all ages should have access to resources for the sharing of knowledge, and Collections and Communities are the perfect way to share your skills!

Do you use Collections and Communities to teach or learn from others? We have found incredibly great Communities and Collections from teachers, artists, chefs, and many other users who are dedicated toward sharing their knowledge here at Google+.

Over the next few days we’ll be sharing some of our favorite teaching resources on the Google+ page.

If you want to be part of this initiative, share the best Collections and Communities that you have learned from with us! Or share Collections and Communities that you created to teach others!

#sharingknowledge, #shareyourskills
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2017-05-15 12:42:07 (123 comments; 51 reshares; 965 +1s; )Open 

Toy Photography Weekend At Google+

This weekend we featured some of the amazing work from the Toy Photography Community on G+. Using the hashtag #TinyToysBigScreen, the crew paid homage to some of their favorite movies through their lenses.

Led by organizer +Shelly Corbett, select members also visited the Google+ offices this weekend to check out our new digs and also capture some toy photography shots on location. We had a blast hosting everyone and we're looking forward to seeing the finished product of everything created this weekend!

Visit The Toy Photography Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/107717476696294795419

Also, check out the great work in #TinyToysBigScreen

Toy Photography Weekend At Google+

This weekend we featured some of the amazing work from the Toy Photography Community on G+. Using the hashtag #TinyToysBigScreen, the crew paid homage to some of their favorite movies through their lenses.

Led by organizer +Shelly Corbett, select members also visited the Google+ offices this weekend to check out our new digs and also capture some toy photography shots on location. We had a blast hosting everyone and we're looking forward to seeing the finished product of everything created this weekend!

Visit The Toy Photography Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/107717476696294795419

Also, check out the great work in #TinyToysBigScreen___

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2017-05-14 19:12:02 (165 comments; 53 reshares; 985 +1s; )Open 

Ant-Man in his natural habitat: #TinyToysBigScreen

Ant-Man is such a fitting subject for this theme. Great job +Shelly Corbett​!

Shelly's Profile: https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/100669689430222369029
Shelly's Lego Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/gth1Y

Ant-Man in his natural habitat: #TinyToysBigScreen

Ant-Man is such a fitting subject for this theme. Great job +Shelly Corbett​!

Shelly's Profile: https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/100669689430222369029
Shelly's Lego Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/gth1Y___

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2017-05-14 17:10:02 (49 comments; 32 reshares; 741 +1s; )Open 

The Wrath of Magneto: #TinyToysBigScreen

R2-D2 and CP30 are no match for Magneto in this mash-up by +Tom Milton​

Tom's Profile: https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/106971001255052413444 *Tom's Lego Photography Collection*: https://plus.google.com/collection/gM-hPE

The Wrath of Magneto: #TinyToysBigScreen

R2-D2 and CP30 are no match for Magneto in this mash-up by +Tom Milton​

Tom's Profile: https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/106971001255052413444 *Tom's Lego Photography Collection*: https://plus.google.com/collection/gM-hPE___

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2017-05-13 18:00:02 (117 comments; 50 reshares; 928 +1s; )Open 

John Wick does what he does best: #TinyToysBigScreen

+James Garcia​ illustrates why you don't mess with a man's dog.

James' Profile: https://plus.google.com/116816958708239784045
James' Toy Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/go4uEB

John Wick does what he does best: #TinyToysBigScreen

+James Garcia​ illustrates why you don't mess with a man's dog.

James' Profile: https://plus.google.com/116816958708239784045
James' Toy Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/go4uEB___

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2017-05-13 16:00:02 (72 comments; 36 reshares; 629 +1s; )Open 

Vintage Toys For Modern Movies: #TinyToysBigScreen

Toy photographer +aliceincleveland​​ used vintage toys to memorialize movies such as Saving Private Ryan.

"These lead Barclay toy soldiers from around 1940 were a gift to me from a close friend. He was even kind enough to let me know not to put them in my mouth! These were his own grandfather's toy soldiers and thus I was deeply moved that he passed them onto me."

AliceinCleveland's Profile: https://plus.google.com/115504103735239853592

Alice's Toy Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/4fL2jB

Vintage Toys For Modern Movies: #TinyToysBigScreen

Toy photographer +aliceincleveland​​ used vintage toys to memorialize movies such as Saving Private Ryan.

"These lead Barclay toy soldiers from around 1940 were a gift to me from a close friend. He was even kind enough to let me know not to put them in my mouth! These were his own grandfather's toy soldiers and thus I was deeply moved that he passed them onto me."

AliceinCleveland's Profile: https://plus.google.com/115504103735239853592

Alice's Toy Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/4fL2jB___

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2017-05-12 19:00:02 (100 comments; 78 reshares; 1,002 +1s; )Open 

Tiny Toys From A Galaxy Far Far Away: #TinyToysBigScreen

From the talented camera of +Ang Cheng Ann​, a classic take on Star Wars

Ang's Profile: https://plus.google.com/118257765153562522194 Ang's Lego Toy Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/EhLs0

Tiny Toys From A Galaxy Far Far Away: #TinyToysBigScreen

From the talented camera of +Ang Cheng Ann​, a classic take on Star Wars

Ang's Profile: https://plus.google.com/118257765153562522194 Ang's Lego Toy Photography Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/EhLs0___

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2017-05-12 17:00:02 (78 comments; 37 reshares; 650 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: Leadership Styles as a Community Owner/Moderator

Post written by Community Vanguards member +Paul Pavlinovich​

Introduction
There are as many styles of leadership as there are times the earth has spun around the sun, I reckon there are three main types and they are the ones I will talk about in this article. They work in different ways and situations and will work differently for each community.

Leadership Styles
Hands off - This leader is generally a member of the community but doesn’t apply any specific leadership. This works very well for small free form communities where everyone gets along and the community has a specific tight goal or topic that all members participate in. This leader may have moderators but may not see a need for them, and as their community grows may struggle and wonder why theydon... more »

Community Management Best Practices: Leadership Styles as a Community Owner/Moderator

Post written by Community Vanguards member +Paul Pavlinovich​

Introduction
There are as many styles of leadership as there are times the earth has spun around the sun, I reckon there are three main types and they are the ones I will talk about in this article. They work in different ways and situations and will work differently for each community.

Leadership Styles
Hands off - This leader is generally a member of the community but doesn’t apply any specific leadership. This works very well for small free form communities where everyone gets along and the community has a specific tight goal or topic that all members participate in. This leader may have moderators but may not see a need for them, and as their community grows may struggle and wonder why they don’t like being there anymore.

I'm the BOSS - This leader has a strong controlling hand over the community and sets strict rules, sets goals, and micromanages content. The style can be successful and at times is necessary if things go off the rails. Personally I prefer to avoid this style. This leader is unlikely to have moderators, but when they exist they are tightly managed and have little say.

Participative - This leader is someone who has found a balance between Hands off and I’m the boss. This is where most experienced community owners and moderators are going to sit. This leader exists on a sliding scale and moves back and forth between the two as necessary, relaxing control when the community is going well only stepping in where necessary and strength is needed. This leader will have a strategy of where the community is heading that is well communicated and is likely to have a policy or guidelines for user behaviour and content. This leader is likely to have a cooperative supportive empowered team of moderators who all understand the strategy and are free to make and enforce decisions but may defer to the owner in complex situations. This leader will participate regularly in the community and perhaps summarise the activities periodically in wrap ups that encourage people to join existing conversations and recognise good contributors.

No one style is going to work for every community and situation. From time to time a community may need to change direction, perhaps because it’s becoming stale or is competing with other communities for attention and in this case a Transformational style is needed where every effort is around seeding and encouraging change to bring freshness and reformation.

Conclusion
Owning or moderating a successful community requires leadership. Sometimes it’s an easy job and sometimes it’s hard. You as leader may find yourself needing to take control and assert authority to maintain the direction of the community and encourage high quality contributions or to moderate politics, harassment or bullying. Finding the balance is hard and there are no magic beans that will help you grow into the leader you need to be. Over time you will find the place. I encourage you to seek feedback from your moderators and members. You may feel you’re doing an awesome job only to find that others don’t think so. Seeking and accepting feedback are the signs of an excellent leader. Note that this doesn’t always mean you change your behaviour but it’s important to be aware of what others think while making your decisions. Never be afraid to call someone in who is knowledgeable perhaps from the Create Vanguards program who can mentor you from an independent perspective.

_This piece was written by +Paul Pavlinovich​​ as part of the Community Vanguards Best Practices series. Paul runs various Communities on Google+, including Photograph Melbourne: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116476435425093945441____

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2017-05-12 16:00:18 (51 comments; 32 reshares; 785 +1s; )Open 

Free Willy: Toy Photography Style #TinyToysBigScreen

+Tony Tulloch, of the Toy Photography community recreates the defining moment from Free Willy.
Check out more of Tony's work: https://plus.google.com/+TonyTulloch
The Toy Photography Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/107717476696294795419

Free Willy: Toy Photography Style #TinyToysBigScreen

+Tony Tulloch, of the Toy Photography community recreates the defining moment from Free Willy.
Check out more of Tony's work: https://plus.google.com/+TonyTulloch
The Toy Photography Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/107717476696294795419___

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2017-05-11 20:15:52 (45 comments; 21 reshares; 591 +1s; )Open 

+David Haviland pays homage to Indiana Jones #TinyToysBigScreen

David recreated the iconic scene where Harrison Ford is chased by a giant ball in Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

Summer blockbuster still reminds me of my youth when going to the movie was how you saw movies as you were not sure if or when it would come out on VHS.

This is one of my all time favourite movies. I love the art behind the filming and special effects, it still holds up against all the modern CGI movies.

The ball was created by buying a foam ball from a craft shop and then painting it. The rest of set is just some basic lego. Lit with torches and dust effect added in PS.

Hope you like my take on the Summer Blockbuster.

#TinyToysBigScreen___+David Haviland pays homage to Indiana Jones #TinyToysBigScreen

David recreated the iconic scene where Harrison Ford is chased by a giant ball in Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

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