Google+ opened to world+dog
You too can embrace Google's Facebook envy
Google has allowed world+dog onto Google+, its latest attempt to turn itself into Facebook.
Mountain View launched a "Google+ field trial" in late June, letting users join by invitation only. But after making "99" different improvements to the social networking service, the company has announced that anyone can now sign up without an invitation.
"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 our 100th feature: open signups," writes Google vive president of engineering Vic Gundotra.
On Tuesday, the company also introduced "improvements" 91 through 99, including video chat "Hangouts" on Android phones, public video broadcasts, screensharing, a Sketchpad, and integration with Google Docs.
The company has also introduced APIs for its online Hangouts, and it has added a search tool to Google+ as a means of finding people and posts on the service, as well as content from across the web. According to the company, more than one billion items are shared and received on the service each day.
Video chat demands a local phone application, and this requires Android 2.3 or later and a front-facing camera. Currently, only a limited number of people can broadcast video, but anyone on the service can tune into these broadcasts, and they can also be recorded for later playback. ®
Still not available for Google Apps users - which sucks.
Don't do it!!
Be warned: as soon as you create your profile, [whatever you enter as] your real name is plastered publicly all over any other Google services you may use (YouTube, Picasa, Maps, Like this, Reader, Blogger, Docs, Groups, etc, etc.). Which means your real name starts popping up all over the Google search results.
The may (or may not) be what you want to happen. Regardless, you have no choice.
Only solution is to delete you public profile and wait a few days for Google to purge your name from the search results...
Hmm, bit late?
Pretty much anyone who uses teh interweb on a frequent basis already got in and got their mates in ... erm, and then .. well, not much really.
My google+ account is mostly silent - 30 or 40 contacts, nobody posting anything - and the only posts that were there, were pretty much just an alternate version of tweets etc.
Guess google is going the slow burn route, which I suppose they can more than afford to do.
However, something tells me Google+ is going to be another Buzz - is there really enough space in the market for another social network like facebook ?
Time will tell. I initially hoped it would be more of a thinking persons facebook, but it's pretty much a non-starter right now - comments from a few of the people in my circles "this place is dead"