With Google rolling out its Google+ social network yesterday, earlier today they gave existing test users the ability to invite others to join the network. For those unfamiliar with Google+, the layout is similar to Facebook in that it has news streams, photo albums, and more advanced features such as Circles, allowing you to ‘group’ your friends and, if you so choose, limit conversion to a Circle of your choosing.
Google began the Google+ launch with a small group of test users, however on Wednesday they opened the flood gates and gave those same test users the ability to invite others. Unfortunately Google has presently halted the ability invite new users, and they have said the following:
We launched Google+ in a Field Trial in order to test the product out and gather more feedback. As part of the Field Trial, we may open and close Google+ to new users at any time. We’re psyched so many people are interested in trying out a new approach to online sharing, but please consider:
– At any instant, a given invitation may or may not grant access.
– There are rate limits that are subject to change.
– PRO TIP: Bulk inviting will not be an effective strategy for getting your loved one access. I would recommend inviting those people you really want to share with.
Bookmark and stay tuned! We will be updating this page when we are able to send out invitations again. Here’s the latest note from Google engineer boss Vic Gundotra via Google+ (29/06):
“We’ve shut down (the) invite mechanism for the night. Insane demand. We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way. Thank you all for your interest!”
7/8 – Invites are open for Google+! Send to your friends now!