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Communities Offer Extra Reach Inside Google+

En español | Editor’s Note: AARP TEK stands for technology, education, and knowledge. TEK helps people 50-plus who want plain language and user-friendly information on how to best use personal technology. The free program provides comprehensive online and in-person technology tips, trends, tools and hands-on lessons.

The Internet is full of different boards and groups of people looking to discuss topics that are important to them. Before Facebook, Twitter or Google+, I used Yahoo Groups to talk to people near and far about all kinds of topics. No matter the tool, interest-based groups are a great way to connect with other people.

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Ian Cunningham

Jen Lee Reeves is AARP's social media trainer.

Google+ allows you to connect with friends and people you don’t know; you get to decide who sees the information you share based on the circles you choose. If you want to expand the type of people you follow but aren’t sure how, using Communities is a great way.

See also: Step-by-step guide on how to use Google+ Communities (PDF)

Communities are created based on all types of topics, from food and entertainment to professional subjects that can help you do your job better. It’s another part of Google+ that requires you to take the time to dig in and get to know the social site.

Check out the step-by-step guide on how to use Communities and other tips on the AARP TEK social media training page.