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How to create collections on Google+

Interesting collections are suggested to the user via the "Recommended" section
Image: Screenshot / Google Plus The end of the search engine giant's Google+ social network has often been prophesied. Now, however, the company has implemented a new function again, which is supposed to allow easy sorting of the personal news stream and which is called Collections. We took a look at the new function for you and show you how collections are used.

Interesting collections are suggested to the user via the "Recommended" section
Image: Screenshot / Google Plus As is so often the case with updates from Google, the new function will gradually be made available to users and is currently only available for Android and the web. The latest update to version 5.4 of the Google Plus app is still required under Android.

Collections on Google Plus - What is it?

So far, the Google+ news stream could quickly become confusing, especially if there are a lot of people in your own circles. It is particularly difficult to find interesting articles again later. And it is precisely this shortcoming that the new collections address. For example, the user can create a collection on the subject of smartphones and save all related postings there. Another idea would be to collect successful photos in a collection.

Users who post a lot on Google+ can also use the collections to sort their own postings thematically. In principle, all postings can be stored in a collection, regardless of whether they contain photos, links, votes or plain text. A published post can also be saved in multiple collections.

Creating collections and their privacy settings

Add collections to your own Google Plus profile
Image: Screenshot / Google Plus Creating a collection is very easy and quick. To do this, simply select the item "Collections" in the menu and then click "Create collection" to open the corresponding dialog field. Here the user can assign a suitable name and adjust the privacy settings.

The user can choose between "Public", "My circles", "Only for me" and "User-defined". The setting "User-defined" is particularly interesting if the collection is only to be shared with a few members of the network. However, a collection can only be edited by the user who created it. An exception are collections that come from company sites such as teltarif.de.

All users with the appropriate rights can lend a hand here. When making a selection, however, it is important that it cannot be changed afterwards. Once these points have been dealt with, the actual collection of contributions can begin. In order to add a posting to a collection, it must be shared, whereby the desired collection is simply selected instead of people or circles. However, it should still be noted that a post that was stored in a collection appears both in this and again in the news stream. Google should actually offer the option of only having the posting appear in the collection. Of course, there is also the option of creating new postings directly in a collection, with these also appearing in the news stream.

The collections are of course displayed in the user's profile, whereby the selected privacy settings also apply here. The name of a collection is also displayed directly above the corresponding article in the news stream and can be called up directly from there.

Conclusion

The visibility can be set for each collection
Screenshot / Google Plus The new function of the collections is quite interesting in principle and is somewhat reminiscent of the Pinterest online service, which follows a similar principle. In my opinion, however, there is still room for improvement: It should definitely be possible to only display contributions that have been stored in a collection. Otherwise the news stream can quickly become confusing again if the collections are used actively. Especially since the collections are certainly often used to later review certain postings in peace.

In addition, Google should make the function available to iOS users as soon as possible. It remains to be seen whether users will accept the collections and, above all, whether Google will develop them further.

You can find more information about the social network in our Google Plus advice section.