Introduction to Series: Top 5 Reasons to be on Google+

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Google+ was launched as Google's social media platform to help people discover, share and connect across Google ecosystem. Google+ is the place where people engage around their interests with the content and people inspiring them.

Since June, 2011, when Google+ started, there was lot of speculation whether it would survive. There were all kinds of stories floating around and questioning if you should really be using Google+. Now that Google+ is not only around but has the best features than any other social media  platform and the people and businesses are leveraging it to meet their ends, there is no doubt about its future. And, I am inspired to think about my reasons for being on Google+ and make others think to join the league ;)

For the sake of simplicity and to put more focus on its most important aspects, I published them one by one - in a series of 5 ✪ Please find the quick links with brief introduction about them here:

[1] Immersive Look-and-Feel

When I first joined and explored Google+ and that was years ago (year 2011 to be precise), the Google Plus Interface seemed like a breeze of fresh air. Over the years, other social media platforms have learnt a lot from Google+ and focused on providing highly simplified user interface for a delightful user experience. Learn about Google+ interface...

[2] Circles

'Google+ Circles' is one of the most important but highly underutilised feature. Conceptually, circles empower you with a high degree of flexibility in sharing information - different posts with different set of people by providing you an excellent way of grouping people according to any criteria you wish. Using circles, you can control who you share your posts with, whose posts appear and in how much quantity in your Home stream. Demystify circles here.

[3] Communities

Google+ communities form the strongest pillar on which the platform's interest-based social experience is based. Communities help you share with people of similar interests what you find interesting and bring you in contact with people who share your passion. You can exchange ideas, the latest news and explore new contacts. You can post photos, share videos, plan events and chat (or video chat) using hangouts with other members of the community. Learn about communities here.

[4] Collections

Google+ Collections feature is the next strongest pillar providing strength to Google+'s goal of an interest-based social experience. Collections help users in organising posts by the topics they care about. Users can create a Collection by grouping together posts on one topic. You can discover collections created by individuals or organisations based on your interests and follow them. Of course, you can create your own collections as well and build an audience of yours. Visit this link to learn how to work with Collections.

[5] Events

Google+ Events is a very useful feature helpful in organising a get-together. An Event can be created for connecting online or gathering at a place for party, meeting or any function. When you create an event, you can invite guests and track your invitation (accepted, tentative or not responded). The event is put on your and your guests' Google Calendar. You and your guests can upload photos to a common shared Photo album so that all event participants can view them. If the event is created as public, the photos are public. Learn here how to create and manage events.

I created and published this series of five articles titled 'Top 5 reasons for being on Google+' during May, 2015. The landscape of Google+ has undergone tremendous transformation since then. Classic Google+, as called now, which was in operation at the time of writing my original posts, retired on January 24, 2017 making a larger part of the series irrelevant. Google Photos was spinned out of Google+ to be a standalone app. Hangouts was separated in November, 2015. And there were many other changes including the user interface rendering the screen-shots depicting navigation to various features in those posts dated and misleading. So I planned and took up the task to overhaul the series and now reached the end. Since the original series is updated and current now, I thought it would be nice idea to introduce it in a post here. Enjoy the updated series + exploring new Google+ :)

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