Google Social Network “Google+” Goes Public, No Invitation Required
Google social network "Google+" was invitation only and an invitation from existing Google+ user was required to sign up.
But now Google has opened it to public which means anyone can sign up now and no invitation is required.
Here is what the official announcement says:
The Google+ project has been in field trial for just under 90 days, and in that time we've made 91 different improvements. Today we're releasing nine more features that get us that much closer:
Hangouts on your phone:
Today we're launching it on the one device that's always by your side: your mobile phone. To get started, simply find an active hangout in the Stream, and tap "Join". Hangouts currently supports Android 2.3+ devices with front-facing cameras (and iOS support is coming soon).
Hangouts On Air:
Just start a normal hangout, and you'll have the option to broadcast and record your session. Once you're "On Air," up to nine others can join your hangout (as usual), and anyone can watch your live broadcast.
Hangouts with extras:
We're previewing some extras, including:
- Screensharing: for when you want to show off your vacation photos, your high score, your lesson plan or whatever else is on your screen
- Sketchpad: for when you want to draw, doodle, or just scribble together
- Google Docs: for when you want to write, plan or present something with others
- Named Hangouts: for when you want to join or create a public hangout about a certain topic (like fashion or music or sports...)
To start a hangout, click "Try Hangouts with extras" in the green room.
We're also releasing a basic set of Hangouts APIs. If you're a developer who wants to build new kinds of apps and games (and who-knows-what-else), then you can find more details here.
Search in Google+:
We're bringing Google's search expertise to Google+. 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.
Anyone can sign up for Google+—no invitation required:
For the past 12 weeks we've been in field trial, and during that time we've listened and learned a great deal. We're nowhere near done, but with the improvements we've made so far we're ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce open signups. This way anyone can visit google.com/+, join the project and connect with the people they care about.
What do you think about this move of Google? Are you already using Google+ or waiting for an invitation?
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