Google Plus also gets its own challenger to Facebook Groups. Google has named it Google+ Communities.
The feature is being rolled out. Here is a video showcasing the new component of this platform:
Features of Google+ Communities:
Public or private membership to support all kinds of groups—from topics and interests to local neighborhoods to regular poker nights
Discussion categories to find the conversations you care about most
The option to start hangouts and plan events with community members
The ability to share with your community from any +1 button across the web