Google+ is now open for everyone to try

Google+ is now open for everyone to try

Summary: The best social network of all, Google's Google+, is now open for anyone to try.

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It wasn't that long ago that it seemed like you couldn't get an invite to Google's new social network, Google+ for love or money. Those days are gone. Today, Google has opened up the network for everyone and anyone.

In a blog posting by Vic Gundotra, Google's Senior Vice President of Engineering, he announced that "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 our 100th feature: open signups. This way anyone can visit google.com/+, join the project and connect with the people they care about."

Hurray!

Gundotra also announced that Hangouts, Google+'s live group video-conferencing has been expanded to mobile devices running Android 2.3 and higher. In addition, you can "broadcast" your video-conferences to an audience after the fact, share screens, set up a public hangout for a particular topic and work on Google Docs together. On top of that, just after opening the application programming interfaces (APIs) for Google+ public data, Google is opening up the API for Hangouts.

In addition, Google has expanded search to Google+. To quote Gundotra, "You've been asking for it, and we've been busy building it, so today 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."

That's the good news. The bad news is that Google is still leaving the annoying real-name issue up in the air. Mind you, I'm being followed all the time by people with "names" that I don't believe for a minute are their real names, but there they are and Google still insists that people must use their real name. Come on Google, decide on a policy--my pick is to let anyone call themselves what they will but don't allow them to be totally anonymous and have multiple accounts-and stick with it already.

That aside, I really like these news features. Better still, I love that now everyone can see why I've been raving about Google+ over Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Not everyone

    Google Apps users are still left in the middle of dark... Let's call it cave.
    jrusinek
    • Google logic

      @jrusinek Yep, half baked integration.
      Your Non Advocate
  • great

    now people would dump the lame facebook and their evil M$ ally.
    The Linux Geek
    • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

      @The Linux Geek What, nothing bad about Apple? You are slipping!
      athynz
  • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

    Hmmm facebook or Google +? you can't really give up Facebook and tell people you're only on Google + but at the same time do you want to have to mantain 2 social networks? hmm I'll just stick to Facebook...
    Hasam1991
    • Will wait

      @Hasam1991
      Till they fix the name and TOS issue I'll stay far far away....
      rhonin
      • Names - right there with you

        @rhonin right there with you.. until I no longer have to deal with deliberately faking information and knowingly violate GGL sacred names policy .. I'm not using them. I don't like facebook for the same reason, and would drop facebook for GGL+ if I could use my pseudonym.

        The whole google back end really needs to change ... as when I was originally going through the sign-up process as soon as I saw they would be changing how people addressed my photos and other content I stopped there. There is not one valid reason that google couldn't pull UserA with Picture Profile UserABNeg, together under one login ID ... and yet still maintain their public facing disconnected appearance until that random citizen on the web is added to my group or buddied or circled ... and then can follow from one to the other to the other seeing the same back end Google Profile..

        Even with the comment by "benched42" below, who recommended SGPlus to link facebook, google... or ANY other product to lump them all together... google could be that *one* "ring" <b>but</b> their Real Name policy and demands that a profile be public is just f**king loopy! Its wrong, and people should not have to lie to use their services, in fact all google's real name BS has done is forced people to lie... wonder how many Matt Smiths there are, or John Smyth, and of them how many really are that name..

        Don't do GGL+ ... Don't do Stupidity.
        TG2
    • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

      @Hasam1991

      SGPlus, dude.... SGPlus.
      benched42
  • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

    Not everybody... Google Apps users are still locked out...
    mhunter8
    • So much for the title of this article ...

      @mhunter8
      The message I get ...

      Google+ is not yet available for Google Apps. Learn More.
      eCubeH
  • Us Google Apps users are still excluded

    And I'm a *paying* Google Apps customer, at that .. not the free version. But the folks with the free Google accounts are in. And no, I won't be using my free Google account; I want the user name that I've used for the last 15 years, which is the one for my domain, not the Google acct I use only for mailing lists ...
    turgon1
    • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

      @turgon@... Well, fine. If you don't want to use it ...
      Badge3832
  • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

    No it's not. Google Apps users are still out in the cold after months and forgotten promises from Google. This has become and inexcusable situation, especially for the many personal domain owners (as opposed to businesses) that became subscribers to Google's FEE-BASED Google Apps for Your Domain. Why is it that Google always seems to screw its paying customers in favor of everyone else?
    durleste
  • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

    IN FACT, TO BE TRUTHFUL, ZDNET SHOULD CHANGE THE MISLEADING HEADLINE OF THIS ARTICLE!!! IT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE EXCEPT GOOGLE APPS USERS!!!
    durleste
    • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

      @durleste <br><br>Caps Lock...please learn how to press that key.
      ewell44
    • Then get a gmail account.

      @durleste

      The difference was, before you needed an official invite from Google. Now, you just need to have a gmail account.

      Considering that the account is free, I don't see how that's a problem...
      spdragoo
  • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

    still not for users under 18 either.
    specialops89
    • Not too different than Facebook, then

      @rfcjat

      Although Facebook is more permissive -- age limit is what, 13? 14?
      spdragoo
  • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

    it's not open to users under 18 either. *Sorry... it didn't show up that it posted the first time.
    specialops89
  • RE: Google+ is now open for everyone to try

    Who cares....
    IE11