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    LAUNCHING: Google+ Communities - This will be HOT for Local!

    Merry Christmas from Google!



    OK so my head is officially spinning with all the possibilities and I know my day is shot and I won't get anything else done.

    Google just officially announced Google+ Communities which will basically be like a forum layer on top of Google+. I see this really taking + to the next level and increasing consumer adoption of the platform.

    Of course I'm a big forum & community fan girl, but I just see this really helping to explode G+. Every day consumers and businesses will be able to start communities around their industry, hobbies, cities, non-profit groups or whatever.



    There will also be an element of stake claiming and name claiming I predict, just like in the early domain game days. This has not fully rolled out yet so I have not been able to see how the naming will work, but if you focus on SEO primarily in YOUR CITY, you may want to come up with a community for your city. OR if you specialize in an industry you may want to have a name ready for that Chiropractor Community or Dentist's Den Community or whatever!!!

    This is so hot, I'm not kidding when I say the possibilities are endless and my mind is reeling.
    (I have not even mentioned the SEO, prospecting and networking opportunities here - just wait!)

    Here are just a couple announcements:

    Google+: Communities and photos Official Google Blog

    Google+ adds Communities, hits 135 million active users | CNET News


    Here's the very short, not very informative Google Video

    Google+ Communities: A place for whatever you're into


    I need to go and keep hitting F5 waiting for this turkey to launch.

    Merry Christmas - Thanks Google!
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    Re: LAUNCHING: Google+ Communities - This will be HOT for Local!

    I am officially salivating! I can't wait for this to roll out!

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    Re: LAUNCHING: Google+ Communities - This will be HOT for Local!

    LOL, thanks for the nudge Marie. I got busy on other stuff and forgot to keep checking.

    IT'S LIVE!!! I'm checking it out now!

    Communities - Google+


    Ahhh, can't start one yet, can only view and join the existing ones.

    I was going to make a land grab a major topic near and dear to us all. (Not local SEO, bigger/broader.)
    So much for that.

    LET ME KNOW if anyone sees the "Create a Community" button go live.
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    Re: LAUNCHING: Google+ Communities - This will be HOT for Local!

    as my heart races.................bye!! checking it out now!

    ---------- Post Merged at 05:24 PM ---------- Previous Post was at 05:22 PM ----------

    the link sends me to a 404 error. will try to enter another way.......oh dear!

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    Re: LAUNCHING: Google+ Communities - This will be HOT for Local!

    I have it, don't you guys?

    There's just pre-made groups, however; it says creation of your own communities is coming in the future.

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    I have it, don't you guys?

    There's just pre-made groups, however; it says creation of your own communities is coming in the future.

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    Re: LAUNCHING: Google+ Communities - This will be HOT for Local!

    Found a HOW TO video from a Google Top Contributor.

    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: LAUNCHING: Google+ Communities - This will be HOT for Local!

    I sent you an invite to a community, Linda, to see if that let's you in earlier.

    However, the "Create a Community" button is greyed out. It appears it is that way for everyone but the beta testers, as people are asking about it. If you hover over the button, it says that creating communities is coming soon.

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    Re: LAUNCHING: Google+ Communities - This will be HOT for Local!

    Ya I joined the G+ Discuss Community and they say only Googlers can create right now. I said what about TC's, don't they count?

    Thanks for invite Gregg!
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    Re: LAUNCHING: Google+ Communities - This will be HOT for Local!

    Like you, I'm very excited about the possibilities here.

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    Re: LAUNCHING: Google+ Communities - This will be HOT for Local!

    O.K. I'll be Mr. Negative here Great...now just one other "thing" we need to figure out and get involved in. 90% of my clients don't even do social media and are still calling Google+ Local, Google Places. Now they have to get involved in a "community." Don't get me wrong...I totally see the opportunities here but if I'm being honest, all this social media/community stuff is getting overwhelming. I'll add it to my list. Thanks for the head's up!

    Travis Van Slooten
    TVS Internet Marketing: Helping Small Businesses Increase Their Visibility & Sales Online.

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