Google has extended its social network to allow users to chat and share their interests in Google+ Communities.
Google+ has more than 135 million active users and approximately 500 million overall users and Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering, said: “We started Google+ in the first place to make online sharing as meaningful as the real thing. Too often, our online tools miss the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions and Google+ aims to fix this.”
He added: “Fortunately we’ve got a vibrant community to guide us.” Google explained on their official blog, that “what’s been missing, however, are more permanent homes for all the stuff you love: the wonderful, the weird and yes, even things that are waaay out there.”
Users can set up public or private groups to support topics, interests or regular events and discussions categories are also available.
Google+ Communities is only a preview and is expected to be launched on mobile soon.