Google+ invites sent out, then shut down

Google's announcement earlier this week of its social networking service Google+ has already generated a lot of buzz, as one might expect. The announcement also triggered a ton of interest in being invited into the beta testing for Google+. After a massive amount of invites were sent out, it looks like Google is letting things cool down just a tad.

In a post on Google team member Vic Gundotro's Google+ page, he states, "We've shut down invite mechanism for the night. Insane demand. We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way. Thank you all for your interest! For any who wish to leave, please remember you can always exit and take your data with you by using Google Takeout." Gundotro's post gave no indications on when invites will be reactivated or in what capacity.

When things are reactivated it should be a relatively simple matter for people to get a Google+ invite. According to an article on TheNextWeb.com, a current user of Google+ can share one of his or her Google+ posts with a non Google+ user. When the non Google+ user then clicks on the "Learn more about Google+" that can be seen at the bottom of the email sent by the current Google+ user, the non user will then be taken to a site to sign up as a new user of Google+.

The Google+ social networking service, which supposedly has been in the making for over a year, has as its big feature "Circles" a kind of group feature where a user can assign his or her friends to "circles" in their accounts according to interests and other criteria.

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So can we send invites now by simply sharing album? Is Google+ only for uses who has a Google account? Like if I invite my friends on @hotmail.com, possible?

People that want this to succeed and replace FB because "FB has a lot of spam on it" are hilarious.

You realise that this is made by the biggest advertising and marketing corp of all time right? Spam? lol...

I got an invite because a friend of mine is an intern at Google. However, I couldn't use it, because I'm 17, and I need to be 18. XD

Yeah I was very excited to get an invite too and then quite disappointed when I finally got in... looks very simple and unfinished. Has some cool features but don't see many people using it for the time being. The circles are cool and the Android app is OK but that's about it...

I think this will be another failed Google project. The name is boring and certainly doesn't bring to mind social networking, and aside from that I can't see people leaving Facebook for this. Stick with the things you are good at Google and quit trying to branch out and take over the world.

I'm not saying they're imploding or doomed, but Google seems to be exhibiting some very Microsoft-like traits circa 2004-2007 - playing catch up, and doing a poor job to boot. Buzz(zzzzzz...), Google Apps, Google+ (plus what?)... Growing pains or something more?

I got an invite! I'm all signed up! and have 1 Friend on it....needs a larger population I think, hopefully more invites will be available soon.

They need to open it up - it's like Diaspora - I tired it for a few days but with only two others I knew on it - it was invite-only - it was useless.

Google is heading directly for this situation. Also, people who don't have a Google account won't want the hassle of signing up for yet another - why not let Twitter users or even FB connect to start then, then push a full account on them. People at least want to use their own email address to log in with if they don't have a Google one.

dancedar said,
They need to open it up - it's like Diaspora - I tired it for a few days but with only two others I knew on it - it was invite-only - it was useless.

Google is heading directly for this situation. Also, people who don't have a Google account won't want the hassle of signing up for yet another - why not let Twitter users or even FB connect to start then, then push a full account on them. People at least want to use their own email address to log in with if they don't have a Google one.

This, and to make a new Google account now. You NEED to verify it by giving Google your phone number, so that's another reason against this.

dancedar said,
They need to open it up - it's like Diaspora - I tired it for a few days but with only two others I knew on it - it was invite-only - it was useless.

Google is heading directly for this situation. Also, people who don't have a Google account won't want the hassle of signing up for yet another - why not let Twitter users or even FB connect to start then, then push a full account on them. People at least want to use their own email address to log in with if they don't have a Google one.

You heard about diaspora pods right? some let you sign up without invite and all pods can interact with each other, non sign up pod is diasp.org , I only know a few on there but I have 135 contacts who are mostly strangers but I still manage to have good convos on statuses etc till I know more people on it

dancedar said,
They need to open it up - it's like Diaspora - I tired it for a few days but with only two others I knew on it - it was invite-only - it was useless.

Google is heading directly for this situation. Also, people who don't have a Google account won't want the hassle of signing up for yet another - why not let Twitter users or even FB connect to start then, then push a full account on them. People at least want to use their own email address to log in with if they don't have a Google one.

do diaspora users get to send out invites?

it's kind of a cool, like the hangout chat/video. But otherwise it's very similar to Buzz.. you can share what are status updates with everyone, comment, post pics and everything you can do on FB. I don't see it replacing FB for me. There's more to learn with it I guess.

The Stark said,
Google+ is the new Wave/Buzz.

Google Plus so far = Google + Buzz + +1 + Facebook + Gmail + Google Contacts + Wave + Picasa + Orkut + Profiles + RSS + Skype.

I don't see how. Facebook has a 13+ age requirement, but children sign up all the same. Like many things, I think it's just a way for them to cover their backs.

Intrinsica said,
I don't see how. Facebook has a 13+ age requirement, but children sign up all the same. Like many things, I think it's just a way for them to cover their backs.

I for one actually did not lie about my age and it's blocked me. Facebook is for 13 years old and Twitter is any age. Google+ is losing a lot of potential users by excluding teens (Also at least facebook lets you change your age.)

What's so bad on the site that it needs to be 18+?

Intrinsica said,
I don't see how. Facebook has a 13+ age requirement, but children sign up all the same. Like many things, I think it's just a way for them to cover their backs.

I for one actually did not lie about my age and it's blocked me. Facebook is for 13 years old and Twitter is any age. Google+ is losing a lot of potential users by excluding teens (Also at least facebook lets you change your age.)

TechDudeGeorge said,
It's 18+. What a fail for a social network.
Dude come over to diaspora, it had not age restrictions, saying that, google+ is going to drop the age to 13 later on I think

TechDudeGeorge said,
It's 18+. What a fail for a social network.

If it's 18+, can we post porn? I hope so; too many people see that as a taboo that shouldn't be shared, but it shouldn't be viewed like that.

Skyfrog said,
What kind of name is Google+ for a social networking site?

I know. There's so much potential with the word Google.

Googleboogie
Faceboogle
Or even just Oogle (a play on the word "ogle")

Get creative Google

Hardcore Til I Die said,

I know. There's so much potential with the word Google.

Googleboogie
Faceboogle
Or even just Oogle (a play on the word "ogle")

Get creative Google


Or FoogleBoogle

Skyfrog said,
What kind of name is Google+ for a social networking site?

If you took the time to watch the videos you would have noticed that to access stuff it is +You.

So im assuming here that its supposed to be like Google+You

Quoth Mr. Gundotro:

'We've shut down invite mechanism for the night. Insane demand.'

To me this indicates that the invitations will resume come morning time in the GooglePlex, i.e. in the late afternoon/early evening European time.

(One can always hope, right?)

Mephistopheles said,
Quoth Mr. Gundotro:

'We've shut down invite mechanism for the night. Insane demand.'

To me this indicates that the invitations will resume come morning time in the GooglePlex, i.e. in the late afternoon/early evening European time.

(One can always hope, right?)

We can all hope, I registered to get an invite too.

'We've shut down invite mechanism for the night. Insane demand.'

TRANSLATION: "We are going to pretend insane demand, and cut off the invites. Hopefully users will feel we are important, and beg to get in."

thenonhacker said,

TRANSLATION: "We are going to pretend insane demand, and cut off the invites. Hopefully users will feel we are important, and beg to get in."

the cartman technique

thenonhacker said,

TRANSLATION: "We are going to pretend insane demand, and cut off the invites. Hopefully users will feel we are important, and beg to get in."


Not really. I'm actually surprised at how interested people are in getting an invite, even people who aren't very tech savvy.

I wouldn't be suprised if it was a PR stunt.
The oldest trick in the book. Pretend their is shortage, and people will panic and rush.

FMH said,
I wouldn't be suprised if it was a PR stunt.
The oldest trick in the book. Pretend their is shortage, and people will panic and rush.

It works for Apple... it'll surely work for Google+.

And I didn't even bother for an invite; I'll get forced into this thing just like all other Google Apps.

Nas said,

...
And I didn't even bother for an invite; I'll get forced into this thing just like all other Google Apps.