Google+ official invite system back up

Google’s recently announced Plus social networking service has re-opened its doors to invites after temporarily shutting them down last week. While the site still requires you to be invited by someone who is in the service (hence it is not fully open to the public at the moment), if you are a registered Google+ user you can now invite your friends, family, or whoever you like.

As a reminder, to invite someone you can go into your Circles from the Google+ top button area, click on Add a new person, enter an email address and choose a circle for this person to go into. Once you click Save, a bar along the bottom will appear with a green button marked Invite to Google+ - click this button and an invitation will be sent via email. Also, if you were sent an invite and tried to accept after Google shutdown the invite process, these invites should have been reactivated, allowing you to use previous invites to get in if you haven’t already.

During the time where Google+ invites were deactivated, there were several methods to still invite people and bypass the Google-initiated block. A popular one used by people in the Neowin forums was to enter a specific email address as a person to share a post with; the person was then automatically created a Google+ account and via the email sent, could log in. As Google has re-opened the invites, this should no longer be necessary.

The Engineering Director of Google+, Dave Besbris, confirmed the invite system is back, but warns that they will still be throttling invites

As Engineering Director of Google+, I wanted to take a moment to explain why we're growing the system slowly. First, we want to make sure our infrastructure scales so the service remains fast and reliable. Second, we want to ensure that bugs are fixed while there are still a relatively few people in the field trial.

Things are going well with the systems right now so we feel comfortable enough to open up invites for a brief period. Our goal is to double the user base in the field trial. (Sorry, we're not giving details about how many folks are in the field trial yet).

So, in a few minutes, we'll open up invites again.

We continue to throttle invites, so please don't mass invite folks as it won't work. If you invite a handful of your most important friends and family you're much more likely to get these folks into our system.

If you are still without an invite, please feel free to request one in the massive Google+ Invites Thread in our forums.

Update: The system is fluctuating between online and offline, which is most likely a result of Google throttling invites. If you cannot invite people to Google+ right now, either try the bypass method listed above or wait until the system is back again.

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Hi like I said above if you want invites off me then please use the method explained above

Richardarkless said,
For people who want a google+ invite please go to my google+ page @ http://gplus.to/richardarkless click send email and in the subject put "google+ invite" (so will get put into a folder and wont flood inbox) and in the message bit put your email address

I will try and send out an email to everyone but I cant guarantee that it will work straight away because of demands

Wir3Tap said,
invite please? wir3tap@gmail.com
I got an email but dont know if its actually an invite lol. But i click the link and enter my info it says I need an invite to get in.

Wir3Tap said,
I got an email but dont know if its actually an invite lol. But i click the link and enter my info it says I need an invite to get in.
I think it was me who invited you, the problem you are having is normal as what has happened is its over capacity, keep trying every now and again

Well I DONT want an invite! Google are just trying to make it sound something special by saying 'Only By Invite'.

UncleSpellbinder said,
I have a feeling this is going to turn into hundreds of people asking for invites rather than a discussion.....

I was just about to post that. about 5 comments on the story and 1000+ plz invite me

It's rather annoying to be in the service yet be unable to properly use it as you can't get any of your friends invited to it. Oh well from what I've been reading it will be completely open by the end of the month.

Like Twitter is different from Facebook, Google+ will be different from both. I'm sure most users of Facebook aren't going to leave for Google+. They'll join Google+ and use it in addition to Facebook and/or Twitter.

^^ Im not sure.
They're obviously going to integrate it heavily into Android which will give them the advantage.

Until Google+ reaches the point where it is used by the average computer user, Facebook will always be more popular, its embedded itself in modern culture, like Twitter has. This is a bit different to the MySpace -> Facebook transition, where MySpace was never as thoroughly woven into modern society. I think it is going to be hard getting average users off Facebook and onto Google+.

I would imagine Google+ will 90%+ be used by techheads.

Circle of trust!

Anway...

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Once again Google have screwed over its Google Apps users. Even more reasons for me to move to 365!

Not trying to flame or troll here, but I'm really having trouble caring about Google+. Anyone who is currently using it, are there any killer features that actually make the experience superior to facebook?

Kaidiir said,
Not trying to flame or troll here, but I'm really having trouble caring about Google+. Anyone who is currently using it, are there any killer features that actually make the experience superior to facebook?

Well for starters it is not loaded with AJAX like a n00b would do, loads faster, slick, cleaner, some features FB does not have (vice versa), group chats, the circles which makes managing/posting/whatever way easier and its integration with Google products (which I use most of them)..

thenonhacker said,

You make it sound like AJAX is a bad thing.

It is if you use 2 much of it, I guess you don't know AJAX. I like AJAX, just not used for everything..

YounGMessiah said,

Well for starters it is not loaded with AJAX like a n00b would do, loads faster, slick, cleaner, some features FB does not have (vice versa), group chats, the circles which makes managing/posting/whatever way easier and its integration with Google products (which I use most of them)..

Ehhhh, Facebook loads super fast, the desktop version on my phone even loads faster than other web pages!

Group chats have never been desired by me, wall posts work just fine if I want to have multiple people talk. It really just seems like a Facebook wannabe, and with so many using Facebook, I can't see it becoming popular outside of the circle of people who use it cause it's not Facebook. Just my opinion, but I'm sure a lot of people feel that way!

This is opened and closed faster then a bank on the holidays. This is insane. I'm a CR-48 pilot, I figured I would get in right away but apparently not.

Already invited? We've temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.

ive got an invite but it doesnt work

celticpride678 said,
Seems like the invite system is down again...

Keep in mind Google are throttling the invites to allow only a certain amount of invites at a time. Check back later

I somehow managed to sign up without an invite before they reopened the system.

I haven't been able to figure out how I did it, but I did :-)

So I've had G+ without an invite for about 4 days now.

any invites you want to share? we could all spread it around to each other quite easily with a little effort

edit: nevermind, i just realized it's closed even if u have an invite right now

celticpride678 said,
Actually, anyone can join now (even without an invite). Just go to plus.google.com and you'll see a Sign In button...

Not true. If you do sign in, you'll see a message saying it is in a closed invite-only stage (I tried to sign in with a secondary Gmail account and it's what I got)

Scorpus said,

Not true. If you do sign in, you'll see a message saying it is in a closed invite-only stage (I tried to sign in with a secondary Gmail account and it's what I got)

Really? Then what's that? I used to see temporarily reached capacity. http://i54.tinypic.com/530fwy.png

EDIT: Seems like it depends on the current load of people trying to get in. I sometimes get it, sometimes not.

Edited by celticpride678, Jul 7 2011, 5:10am : Information added

Strange, I just sent my friend to plus.google.com and he was able to get a Google+ account without an invite. When I signed out of my google account on my desktop and went to plus.google.com it would allow me to get a Google+ account too.

Maybe its being selective.

Ninja Grinch said,
Strange, I just sent my friend to plus.google.com and he was able to get a Google+ account without an invite. When I signed out of my google account on my desktop and went to plus.google.com it would allow me to get a Google+ account too.

Maybe its being selective.

It depends on the load. For example, right now invites are disabled and you can't get in without an invite either.

celticpride678 said,

It depends on the load. For example, right now invites are disabled and you can't get in without an invite either.

I only found it strange as I literally just (little over fourty minutes ago) sent my friend their to become part of Google+.