INTERNET SERVICES GIANT Google introduced Google+ Communities today as it boasted about having 235 million active users on its home grown social network.
Communities is essentially Google's take on Facebook Groups, enabling users to set up communities about their interests, be it photography or Don't Tell The Bride.
Google SVP Vic Gundotra said, "From photography to astronomy (and everything in between), Google+ has always been a place to crowd around common interests and meet new people. What's been missing, however, are more permanent homes for all the stuff you love: the wonderful, the weird, and yes, even the things that are waaay out there.
"With Google+ Communities there's now a gathering place for your passions."
These groups, we mean Communities, can be set as either private or public, and Google boasts that users can start hangouts from within them. The new feature also comes with the ability to share with your community from any +1 button across the web.
The feature is available only in preview right now and it can't be accessed via Google's mobile applications, but the firm promises this feature is coming soon.
As well as introducing Communities, Google also announced today that its social network has reached 235 million active users. That's still a few hundred thousand behind its rival Facebook, but it's quite an impressive figure for a social network that many thought was already a flop.
Gundotra said, ""Today Google+ is the fastest-growing network thingy ever. More than 500 million people have upgraded, 235 million are active across Google (+1'ing apps in Google Play, hanging out in Gmail, connecting with friends in Search...), and 135 million are active in just the stream." µ