Google+ opens up to everyone

Google+ is now ready for the masses. As confirmed on Google's blog site, the social networking service is finally open to anyone who wants to use it. Since Google launched Google+ back in late June, the service has been accessible only via an invite from another Google+ user. Even with that limitation, Google+ had an initial explosion in terms of user numbers, making some people believe that Facebook finally has some true competition. This new move will likely mean yet another boost in user sign ups for Google+.

In his blog post today, Google's Vic Gundotra said, "The Google+ project has been in field trial for just under 90 days, and in that time we’ve made 91 different improvements (many of which are posted here). Google+ is still in its infancy, of course, but we’re more excited than ever to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software." Besides opening up Google+ to everyone, Gundotra went over some of the other improvements made to the service. Several of them center on Hangouts, which gives users live video features; hangouts is now available via Android 2.3 based mobile phones.

The biggest new feature is that search is now live for Google+ with Gundotra saying, "Just type what you’re looking for into the Google+ search box, and we’ll return relevant people and posts, as well as popular content from around the web."

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At this time if I wonder what I would answer when about to depart on a one-way ticket for the heavens (yep!) to anyone asking me what has stunned me the most in life, I guess that besides virtue and sin my astonishment would concern the world-wide phenomenon of social networks: beyond my understanding.

Well, they're probably going to do good considering that fb changed the top news feature that irritated many users :-)

Google what?
Well, to the guys in Mountain View, cause thay clearly in the need of some good advice: a social network is not an application wich can be swapped for another because of a few features or a name.
FB had the base user group of students, an ever-growing and socially active base group. G+ has a few million google fans with friends already on FB who haven't got the need nor the desire to change that. Good... now just flush it down the toilet like all their other failed attempts to penetrate social networks' market.

Morden said,
Google what?
Well, to the guys in Mountain View, cause thay clearly in the need of some good advice: a social network is not an application wich can be swapped for another because of a few features or a name.
FB had the base user group of students, an ever-growing and socially active base group. G+ has a few million google fans with friends already on FB who haven't got the need nor the desire to change that. Good... now just flush it down the toilet like all their other failed attempts to penetrate social networks' market.

Yeah, lets not forget that people who have been on FB for years aren't going to just drop everything and switch to a new network because it has the name Google in it. And most people aren't going to run two social networks together either. This thing is going nowhere, and even all the big G+ advertising they'll splatter all over their websites like they do with Chrome won't help IMO.

Better than Facebook hands down. Sadly, it won't reach up to FB only because people fear change and the numbers are just too high on FB, we need a way to transfer all the friends over. It's silly to say G+ isn't better already, it just means you don't use it, or don't understand how to use it right.

So what happened about under 18s? I was under 18 until july so just wondering because they said they would reduce age on release...

zikalify said,
So what happened about under 18s? I was under 18 until july so just wondering because they said they would reduce age on release...

At the moment the age requirement is still there, thankfully.

xTdub said,

At the moment the age requirement is still there, thankfully.

Yeah because we wouldn't want all your under 18 friends adding you or anything.

Meph said,
I still can't use it because I'm 17. You'd have expected them to at least allowed 16 year olds.
I became old enough to use it in july.. but while in june i was looking around and they said they will bring age to 13 by release... or maybe when they have security measures in place

Google+ is still in its infancy
As Google Apps user, this is we receive:
"Google+ is not yet available for Google Apps
Thanks for your patience!"

raindrop said,
Google+ is still in its infancy
As Google Apps user, this is we receive:
"Google+ is not yet available for Google Apps
Thanks for your patience!"

In the same boat.
I'm a fan of Google but I'm kinda sick of the issues with Google Apps integrating with their other services. For over a year I haven't been able to buy anything on the Android Market as Google Apps accounts are not supported.
Picasa, youtube igoogle etc didnt work for a long time for the same reason.

Now the real test will begin to see if it is going to do as good or better then Facebook. There is no excuse this time about limitation.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Now the real test will begin to see if it is going to do as good or better then Facebook. There is no excuse this time about limitation.

Google+ is the social network for techies. Why? Because the people interested in joining and posting in Google+ are techies. Google+ is kinda like Digg back when Digg was popular.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Now the real test will begin to see if it is going to do as good or better then Facebook. There is no excuse this time about limitation.
Real test? G+ usage numbers are down 40%. Why do you think they opened it up to the public? Ha! Google is panicking.

Not many people want to switch. Churn rate is higher than Google expected, which means they are already going down. Their "real name" **** is also going against them.

I see BIG privacy issues already. A photo album I uploaded to picasa and IS NOT PUBLIC has automatically appeared on my google+ homepage.

WTF!!!! I never gave google+ permission to use/steal my picasa photos!!!!!!!!

dvb2000 said,
I see BIG privacy issues already. A photo album I uploaded to picasa and IS NOT PUBLIC has automatically appeared on my google+ homepage.

WTF!!!! I never gave google+ permission to use/steal my picasa photos!!!!!!!!

Settle down. Picassa is a Google product thus they stole nothing. Same happened to me but the albums were still private only so no problems.

dvb2000 said,
I see BIG privacy issues already. A photo album I uploaded to picasa and IS NOT PUBLIC has automatically appeared on my google+ homepage.

WTF!!!! I never gave google+ permission to use/steal my picasa photos!!!!!!!!


http://picasa.google.com/suppo...py?hl=en&answer=1311212

Google+ and Picasa Web Albums: Who can see the people I've shared with?
When you share photos and videos on Google+, the people that see your post or album will also be able to see who you've shared a post with and see who you've shared an album with. Albums created before signing up for Google+ are an exception. To be clear:

For albums created before signing up for Google+
No one but the owner of the photos can see who the post (and photos) are shared with.

For albums created after signing up for Google+
Anyone that can see the post in Google+ can also see who the post (and photos) are shared with.

dvb2000 said,
I see BIG privacy issues already. A photo album I uploaded to picasa and IS NOT PUBLIC has automatically appeared on my google+ homepage.

WTF!!!! I never gave google+ permission to use/steal my picasa photos!!!!!!!!


First: Google+ albums = Picasa Web Albums.
Second: Fix your privacy settings.

Jebadiah said,
Real test? G+ usage numbers are down 40%. Why do you think they opened it up to the public? Ha! Google is panicking.

Not many people want to switch. Churn rate is higher than Google expected, which means they are already going down. Their "real name" **** is also going against them.

False. Facxebook "messed up" and now everyone on my friends list is all like, "Let's check out this NEW Google+ thing... oh it's pretty cool!" I guess I'm just a hipster... I got at least 20 people add me to their circles yesterday alone.