Google+ Gets Country #Communities

danielleThe brand spanking new *still has bubble wrap on* Country Music Community on Google Plus hit 2000 members. To explain what this is and the immense possibilities of it, I asked Community Member and Professional Photographer, Danielle Bowers to write a blog post. Danielle has been part of Country Music Chat on Twitter, Facebook and now Google+ for as long as I can remember.


Google+ has gone country, with a large community called Country Music.  Amid Android versus iPhone debates, Caturday GIFs, and photography contests, there is a rise in cowboy boots, hats and a touch of twang showing up in the stream.

When Google implemented communities to the Google+ social media site, it seemed only natural for Jessica Northey to launch a community for country music enthusiasts.  It has quickly become the largest gathering place for country artists, fans, and industry professionals.

The community embodies the true reach of the internet with members from all over North America, Russia, India, and Europe.    Unlike a webpage, the content is generated from the members as a whole, not just one or two.  Anyone can post their favorite music video or photos from a concert or discuss an artist they admire.  Aspiring country artists are sharing their own music to a new audience whom they might not t reach with their Twitter account or Facebook page.

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topicsAs new members flood the community every day, it’s easy to imagine what it could become in time.   With the hangout feature embedded into the community, anyone can hop into a ten person video chat.   New artists could play live whenever they find themselves with free time.

Established musicians can come directly to the Country Music community to share news, tour info, or to chat with fans instead of waiting for people to find them.  Until now, the professional pages for country artists have been drifting like unanchored boats looking for a safe port.  This community could be a port not only for artists, but industry professionals to make contacts and fans to connect with each other.

Grab your beverage of choice and come join us on Google+.   Don’t be shy!  Tell us what music you are listening to or hop into a hangout.  You never know who may join in.

by Jessica Northey 

Author: Jessica Northey

Everyone asks “what exactly do you do Jessica?” What some of my family members say, “she tweets for a living” is my favorite, but really the title that puts food on the table is “Social Media Influencer,” the definition sounds simple, someone who influences others through social media, but I consider myself a Citizen Journalist broadcasting and entertaining with news, thoughts, opinions, delivering information in my own unique way. Famous for my ‘sass wit and straight from the hip’ style I’ve always been called a “Social Media Pioneer” in the music industry. I’m also an On-Air/Online Broadcasting Host and Personality, Digital Media Strategist, Country and Music Blogger/Journalist as well as a Nationally recognized Speaker and Founder of Country Music Chat, News and Views Entertainment Website My favorite accomplishment is starting the largest Country Music Hashtag community in the world Country Music’s #CMChat. It all started with a hunch...back in the early 2000’s I would dial up the internet via AOL and join chat rooms whilst watching my favorite programs on TV. Loved watching Reality Shows with my Mom in Tucson, and blowing her mind with how I always knew who was going home on the Bachelor or Big Brother. Don’t think she ever caught on that I was talking to people via computer on the East Coast, where it had already aired. (We didn’t have the uber-spoiler Twitter or Facebook to ruin results and awards shows for us yet.) I’ve been taking over the internet, one tweet at a time and have accumulated over 3 Million followers/friends/fans across all my Social Media networks. Over the years I’ve been consistently ranked as an influential online personality and even named as a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. I was the first person Merle Haggard followed when he got on Twitter and spent the day with Garth Brooks at Twitter and Facebook when joined the social media world.

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