Creating a Google+ Community

Use communities to manage conversations between teams and organizational units. 

  1. Before you create a community, review the privacy options below, and choose which type of community you need.
    Note: Choose your privacy options carefully, as the only way to change them later is to delete the community and create it again from scratch!
  2. On Google+, hover your mouse over the top left to expand the Google+ main navigation.
  3. Click the communities icon.
  4. Click the Create community button at the top right.
  5. Decide whether to restrict your community to people in your organization and click the corresponding box.
     

    If the first options you see are Open and Private, it means your organization has chosen to make your communities restricted, by default. If you want to let people outside your organization access your community, and you know that your organization is ok with that, click change at the top of the dialog box. Otherwise, just go on to the next step.

  6. Decide who can see members and posts:
    • If your community is restricted to your domain, choose whether it should be Open (anyone in your domain can see members and posts) or Private (only approved members can see members and posts).
    • If your community is not restricted, choose whether it should be Public (anyone can see members and posts) or Private (only approved members can see members and posts).
  7. Enter a name for your Community.
  8. Pick your final option:
    • If your community is Open or Public, choose whether or not a moderator must approve members.
    • If your community is Private, choose whether to make it findable via search. Members of Private communities must always be approved; if  a Private community is not searchable, only invited people can join. 
  9. Click Create community.


Google+ Community privacy options

You can restrict communities to only your organization (that is, restricted to only your company), or you can choose to include people outside your organization. When setting up a community, think about who should be able to find and join the community, who should be able to see the content and members, and whether people need to request to be a member.


There are eight types of communities, as described in the tables below.


If you restrict the community to your organization:


Type of community Who can join Who can see posts and members Who can find community via search*
Open within your domain- Anyone in your organization can join Everyone in your organization Everyone in your organization Everyone in your organization
Open within your domain- Moderator approval needed to join Anyone in your organization can request to join, but moderators must approve membership. Everyone in your organization Everyone in your organization
Private in your domain - Moderator approval needed to join Anyone in your organization can request to join, but moderators need to approve membership Community members Everyone in your organization
Private in your domain - Hide community from searches Only people in your organization who are invited Community members Not shown in search results**



If you don't restrict the community to your organization:


Type of community Who can join Who can see posts and members Who can find community via search
Public - Anyone can join Everyone Everyone Everyone
Public - Moderator approval needed to join Anyone can request to join, but moderators must approve membership Everyone Everyone
Private - Let people find through search and request to join Anyone can request to join, but moderators must approve membership Community members Everyone
Private - Hide community from searches Only invited people Community members Not shown in search results*