Google + Communities: Things Are About To Change, PAY ATTENTION!
Google +, Facebook, I say those two because it is going to be very interesting to watch what is about to happen and the changes that are going to take place.
Of course almost all of us have a Facebook page but where we are most active is in the Facebook Groups. Most direct sales consultants have come to depend on Facebook Groups as a way of communicating with our teams or a specific group of people about certain topics. If you have a direct sales business, you are probably a part of many groups from your team page, to leadership pages, to pages about how to do certain things in your business and even event pages. Facebook groups makes it easy to talk about one specific topic and get all the information you need. You can agree, disagree, share common problems and share ideas on how to make your home business stronger.
Another aspect of Facebook that many Consultants have is a Fan page for their customers. As many of you are aware, Facebook has changed their algorithm and now who sees our Fan pages is based on what posts we pay for our fans to see. Some have ditched fan pages and created groups for their businesses instead as a way of being sure that groups of customers and hostesses who could be invited to the group would see posts by the business. Many are unhappy about the changes Facebook has made. It has basically become, pay for your customers to see your posts or simply…they won’t.
Well….things they are a changing. On December 6th, Google + launched Google+ Communities. Google+ Communities act a lot like Facebook Groups in that they will have a group of people who basically want to talk about the same topic. There are four types of communities available thru Google:
Two are public communities. These groups are open to anyone. Users can leave comments, share images or join hangouts. Now here is where if you need to read this next part and then pause and see the big picture. EVERYTHING THAT IS POSTED FROM A PUBLIC GOOGLE+ COMMUNITY IS INDEXED AND CAN BE FOUND THROUGH A SEARCH ON GOOGLE. I’ll let you think about that for a minute. 🙂
While you think about that, we can talk about private communities. For businesses who want to stay a little bit more private and create communities that are invitation only but can still be searched, you can have a partly private group. The 4th group are those that are completely private and can only be found if the member has access to the link, much like some YouTube Playlists.