We know that Google+ has become a home for photographers to share ideas and images, and now photography enthusiasts have another way to engage each other with Google+ Communities.

Google announced the service yesterday, explaining that Google+ Communities will allow users to join a group either privately or publicly and encourage discussion divided by topical categories. Whereas Google+ Circles showcase posts according to whom users have determined belong to that Circle, Communities aim to organize interests and conversation by subject. The service is widely being compared to Facebook Groups.

Photo-centric Google+ Communities have already attracted members numbering into the thousands, such as the The Photo Community with more than 12,000 members. Smaller but growing groups like Street Photography and Photo Tips are also springing up and starting forum-type discussions around pertinent issues to members.

Google shared this video to introduce Google+ Communities:  

You can read the full press release on the official Google blog.

Have you joined a Google+ Community yet?