Is there any way to post a status update on Google Plus to a specific group I’m in without having to find another post from the group first?
As Facebook keeps changing how groups work and making it more and more difficult for business pages to have visibility without a significant expenditure of marketing dollars, it’s no wonder that more people are migrating to Google Plus. There’s a lot to like about Google+ nowadays too, the team’s spent a lot of effort in the last year or two improving the user experience. One big area of improvement? Groups. In fact, I’d say that Google Plus groups are more engaging and more lively than Facebook groups now.
At first glance, however, it does seem like the only way to post to a group is to actually be “in” the group, but with a bit of poking around, you’ll see that’s not true. The trick is that the “to” box has some tricks up its proverbial sleeve.
But let’s start at the top. In Google Plus, here’s what an empty status box looks like:
Click on the “share” box and it moves to the center of the screen and expands to add a few additional fields:
You probably do what I do at this point: type in your status update, perhaps drag a photo on, and click on “Share”.
But this time click on the “X” next to “Public”, then click on the empty To box where it says “+ Add more people”.
The window actually has more options than you think. It starts with some common options:
Scroll down a bit further in the window, however, and your groups show up:
You can see some of the groups I’m in (with member count). For this demo, I’m going to post something to the popular “Board Games” group. To do that, I click on the group name.
“Board Games” is actually organized into specific categories and posts need to be in the appropriate bucket, as it were. This shows up in the box too:
Looks good. Now I can add the photo and comment.
The result is a full and hopefully interesting status update for the Google Plus board games group:
A click on “Share” and…
Nice and easy, actually. Oh, and do check out the group if you’re a gamer too…