Google recently released a new feature for Google+ called “communities”. They’re very similar to “groups” on Facebook, though with a few advantages (better moderation, notifications, etc).
There have already been thousands of groups created, covering everything from Android to Asana to Evernote to Ingress to WordPress, including dozens that discuss topics related to Google Earth. Here are a few to get you started.
Google Earth: This is one that we’ve created, covering everything related to Google Earth.
3D Modeling for Google Earth and Maps: 3D modeling and SketchUp discussion.
Google Earth Photography: Lots of amazing images from Google Earth.
Panoramio (unofficial): News and pics related to Panoramio.
Project Geo: The folks behind the excellent “Project Geo” series have started this community.
Geoscience: Not Google Earth specific, but it’s an active group discussing “geology and related Earth Sciences” and has some great posts in there.
Of course, in all of this talk of “communities” we need to include the original Google Earth Community, first known as the “Keyhole BBS” (Keyhole was the original name of the software that later became Google Earth). All of these new Google+ communities are excellent, and it’s great to be able to communicate with one another in new ways like this, but if you need information about Google Earth the GEC should be among your first stops.
Have you explored any Google+ communities yet? Which is your favorite so far?