Google has rolled out Google+ communities to its social networking platform, allowing users to join private and public groups based on specific topics and interests such as video games, football teams and local neighborhoods.
Google's senior VP of engineering, Vic Gundotra, said in a blog post the move is a part of the effort to bring more real-world interactions to the Internet.
"From photography to astronomy (and everything in between), Google+ has always been a place to crowd around common interests and meet new people," Gundotra wrote. "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."