Welcome to Commoogle News #3!

Commoogle News Issue #3The latest edition of our weekly summary featuring fascinating tidbits from Google+!

Every week with the help of a team of keen Plussers I’ll be bringing you updates on what’s happening with Google+ Communities, featured Pages and people, as well as tips on getting the best out of your Google+ experience.

Also featuring Google+ Communities statistics and some specially prepared data from the chaps at +CircleCount (CircleCount.com).

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This week’s content:

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Google+ Communities

Communities created to date: 36424 (up from 33,366 last week)

What’s Hot in Communities

Top 10 Communities (based on membership):
  1. Space (88,935)
  2. Android
  3. Landscape Photography
  4. Star Wars
  5. HDR Photography
  6. Linux
  7. Anime
  8. Joke of the day
  9. Earth
  10. Night Photography (39,122)
Fastest growth of smaller Communities:
  1. Twikipedia 197%
  2. 3D Artists 151%
  3. Transformers 145%
  4. Psychedilia 142%
  5. Minecraft 117% (smaller one)
Communities with the highest engagement

Based on average comments per post

  1. DeCode Ingress
  2. HTML5
  3. Caturday
  4. #Wise Advice
  5. Funny Pictures
Sample from Top 10: Based on total engages (average per post, English names only)

(members/comments/reshares/+1s per posting)

  • #Wise Advice 1383/5/5/15
  • Funny Pictures 1423/3/4/15
  • Angular JS 1094/5/1/5
  • Apple Users Deutschland 1376/7/1/4
  • Let’s Learn Japanese 1572/9/0/4

Google+ Events

Past events from this week plus great upcoming events.


Sweet Han’: Caribbean Cooking with Sarina Ep
7:00pm EST Watch episode #4 here.


Possibility Partners HOA | Featuring CC Chapman
January 18th at 12:00 PM EST

Building An International Community of ‘Awsumness’
January 18th at 2:00 pm EST

The Pirate’s Pub HOA #17 – View it on +The Pirate’s Pub Page
Every Friday @ 5:30 PM Eastern, 2:30 PM Pacific
Join +George Sepich , +Larry Fournillier , +Richard Wooding , +Paul Platt, +David Santy and the rest of
the crew of The Silver Shark on her 17th voyage! This week +Rick Couture and his bassist Tony D are back in The Pub as our special musical guests.


Joyful Juicing with Meghna S01E02 – Cleansing Juices
Saturday, 19th at 11:00am EST


Going APE with Shawn Welch and Martin Shervington
Sunday, January 20th at 2:00 pm EST

Learning How To Cook Caribbean with Larry Fournillier S02E03 – Poached Curry Fish with Veggie Rice – Sunday, 20th at 4:00pm EST

Michelle Li’s Korean Kitchen S01E02 – JapchaeSunday, 20th at 6:00pm EST – View her LIVE on +Larry Fournillier’s Profile

Featured Photographers

Curated by +Ugo Cei and +Mark Gaw

Alistair Nicol Radiant Reflection

Alistair Nicol

If you enjoy beautiful landscape scenes, +Alistair Nicol makes excellent photos around the Charleston, SC area and beyond. He has a love for the natural world, especially the ocean and mountains. Here is a link to one of his most recent photos.

Jan H Andersen Lantern

Jan H. Andersen

+Jan H. Andersen is a master of portrait photography. His work is a pleasure to look at. Not only does Jan make portrait photos, he is also involved with stock photos and conceptual art. A quote from his profile page, “Addicted to the beauty of life and death and the emotional moments in between.” Take a look at the creativity of this photo.


by +Jack C Crawford

from Pema Chödrön’s book: Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears, page 51

This is a work in progress, a process of uncovering our natural openness, uncovering our natural intelligence and warmth. I have discovered, just as my teachers always told me, that we already have what we need. The wisdom, the strength, the confidence, the awakened heart and mind are always accessible, here, now, always. We are just uncovering them. We are rediscovering them. We’re not inventing them or importing them from somewhere else. They’re here. That’s why when we feel caught in darkness, suddenly the clouds can part. Out of nowhere we cheer up or relax or experience the vastness of our minds. No one else gives this to you. People will support you and help you with teachings and practices, as they have supported and helped me, but you yourself experience your unlimited potential.
mindfulness dharma

Featured Pages

German Practice Hangouts

Want to learn German? Try +German Practice Hangouts
Come and listen, try a few words, or speak volumes. For travel, for work or just for fun.


Want to get your circles even more organised? Give +Circloscope a spin!


If you really want to see the Ripples on Google+, then check out…+NOD3x from +Lee Smallwood. Simply awesome.

Art and class in the Plus!

Curated by +Susanne Ramharter

Classical Music Community

We all know that Google+ is great for new indie musicians who want to get known via Hangouts. At the same time, there are many people who enjoy classical music as well. So, this week I would like to introduce you to a community that is dedicated to classical music: Classical Music

There are sections from Opera, Chamber Music, Discussion, to Music History, where +Simona AN regularly posts “On this Day” in music history and introduces interesting composers, performers and conductors.

So if you love classical music, want to broaden your range or just find some old favorites, check out the community Classical Music. And to help you #BounceInYourChair, here is my own recent post with Ravel’s Bolero.

Essential Google+ tips of the week

Curated by +Ronnie Bincer

Time Zone confusion in Events

In case you were wondering why the Events Tool inside Google Plus has stopped showing the date and time from YOUR perspective… I’m afraid you’ll have to keep wondering for now.

But we do now know that the current situation is not a bug, per se… but is “Intentional”. So it would be good to get used to doing our own translation of times to our own time zone. Here’s a link to a site that might be helpful here. Use it to create another link to include with your future Events (unless or until this changes back): http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedform.html

Here is the post where I explain what has happened.

Breaking News: Turn off sharing of Communities posts on your profile

We now need not worry about sharing posts to our Communities too often because we have been given the option to display or NOT display our Community activity on our public Profiles!

Thanks for listening to us Google Plus!

Good Business

by +Gideon Rosenblatt
Features from the ‘Good Business’ community on Google+

B Corporation is now getting active here on Google+ with their own page: +B Corporation. This group works on three paths to helping entrepreneurs build a new economy. They certify B Corps to meet rigorous social and environmental standards; they operate GIIRS, a ratings agency and analytics platform for impact investors; and they work to pass legislation for new corporate form. To date, 12 states have passed laws for Benefit Corp Legislation. Thanks for that heads up on this, +Zack Mellette.

Interface, Inc. is an impressive company founded by Ray Anderson, a true pioneer in sustainable business. The company just announced that it is now partnering with a nonprofit organization called the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) to source a new supply of the resins for its carpet tiles. What is this new source of plastic resin? Discarded fishing nets that have washed up on the shores of the Philippines. This Net Works program works in local communities to organize people in scouring beaches to source the nets, and will hopefully soon expand to other places around the world. These for-profit/non-profit partnerships represent an exciting opportunity for businesses to expand their value-creation networks beyond traditional suppliers and distributors. Thanks to Richard Brubaker for catching this story.

Social Media – Quick tips for Social Best Practices

by +Elaine Lindsay

‘Showing Up’

You never know where you will meet that next great inspiration, or hear a fabulous suggestion that you can implement in your business or life. Hangouts and communities offer more ways to meet and greet and learn from new folks.

Today in social, I got a couple of phenomenal tips from my guests on my Business Banter+ show. I would like to share one of them about ‘Showing Up’.

Social is not just online, and with that in mind +Nadja Piatka says never let an opportunity slip past you by NOT ‘showing up’. Be sure to go to those networking events, impromptu coffee meetings etc., you never know what can transpire.. So keep ‘Showing up’ and reap the benefits. This means great hangouts and online trainings too.

Great websites or places to curate content

by +Peg Fitzpatrick

12 Most

12 Most focuses on business, social media and lifestyle posts. A huge variety of content from the best bloggers around make up this collaborative blog.


Business2Community a syndicated blog, if you have a blog you may want to consider joining their community and becoming a contributor.

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