Google launched its social networking service Google+ in a limited form less than two weeks ago but the service has already suffered from its first major bug. The Next Web reports that a number of Google+ users on Saturday have received multiple email notifications, even when users have requested that those notifications be turned off. Some users have reported via Twitter that they have received as many as 50 notifications for just one friend being added to their Google Circle.
Later on Saturday Google's Vic Gundotra, the head of the Google+ division, posted an apology about the multiple notifications on his Google+ page. He states, "For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes. We didn’t expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have."
That apology also hints that Google+ has become much more popular than Google had predicted. Indeed even Google CEO Eric Schmidt seemed surprised at the service's quick growth, even in this limited launch period. Tech Crunch reports that Schmidt, speaking on Thursday at the Allen & Co conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, stated, "An infinite amount of people are unhappy because they don’t have their invitation." When asked by a reported about how many people were in the current Google+ he stated, "I don’t know but it’s millions, it’s a lot." He also said that Google+ will add more features such as support for ads and businesses, saying, " ... there’s a lot coming."