Google+ Collections Takes On Pinterest; Now Rolling Out to Android and Web

Google has launched a Pinterest-like ‘Collections’ feature for Google+ that lets users create specific posts centred around topics and comprising videos, photos, and more.Announcing the news via a Google+ post, Google confirmed that Collections is now available on Android and the Web, and will arrive later on iOS. The post said, “Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.”

Google stresses that Collections is a set of posts on a particular topic that provides “an easy way for you to organise all the things you’re into.” Google+ users can share a Collection publicly, keep it private, or share with a limited number of people.

“Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections,” adds the Google+ post introducing the feature. Of course, Google+ Collections will also allow users to follow collections from different people.

featured_collections_screenshot.jpg“Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow,” notes Google+ post.

To create a Collection on PC, a Google+ user will have to select the Collections option on the Google+ profile homepage to create a new one. Enter a name for the new Collection and choose who it should be visible to. Google+ users can also create a new Collection on Android app in the same way.

Google+ Collections support page notes that users cannot change collection’s visibility setting after creating it. Some featured Google+ Collections have already gone live.

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