How to try to get a Google+ account

How to try to get a Google+ account

Summary: Underwhelmed by Facebook tacking on Skype video-conferencing? Really want a Google+ account? Here are some hints on how to get one.

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Sorry folks, I don't have any Google+ account invites to give away. I wish I did. Google+ is great. But, there are some ways that appear to help you move up the Google+ queue.

Before talking about that though you should know that there's already spam out there that masquerades as Google+ invites. Sophos, the anti-virus company, reports that "spammers are sending out bogus Google+ invitations that in reality point to online pharmacies." I am so not surprised.

So, if you get an e-mail note telling you that you've got a brand, spanking new Google+ account, check the URL for that link before clicking on it. If it's not going to "https://plus.google.com/," or a similar address, don't click on it. You can get your Viagra from a local drug store a whole lot more safely.

Here's the real deal. Yes, Google is still letting people into Google+. But, it's so doing very slowly . To even have a shot at a Google+ account, the first thing you need to do is to set up a Google Profile. The only information that must be on your profile is your name and gender. This account needs to be made public.

Google, by the by, isn't going to let you have private Google Profiles for much longer anyway. Come July 31st, Google will delete all private Google Profiles.

Next, have a friend who's already on Google+. Have them add you to one of their circles via the Circle find and invite page.

Another way of doing this is to just have them create a circle just for invitations. From there, have them click to add a new person to this circle and enter your e-mail address as that person. No matter which method you use, then, have them enter an update, any update, to their Stream and select the circle you've been added to as the one to share their update with.

If all goes well you should then get an email inviting you to join. Alas, that may or may not be all you need to get in. The link in the message you get may send you a page saying, in effect, that you still can't get an account because of the demand. Don't sweat it. You're still in line for a Google+ account. Give that link another click ever six or seven hours, and eventually you should get in.

So far, my friends who've tried this have made it in within a day. I'm not saying it will always work. But, I can say that it will get you started on your way to a Google+ account. Good luck.

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  • great

    now smart people know that they can dump facebook for the real deal that is google+.
    Linux Geek
    • RE: How to try to get a Google account

      @Linux Geek Your words make no sense. Why would smart people trade in a BMW for a Chevy?
      Your Non Advocate
      • RE: How to try to get a Google account

        @facebook@... No offense, but you sound like an Apple fan fending off M$ or Google fans. Good luck. :)

        Needless to say, I agree with Linux Geek.
        i3ringit
      • RE: How to try to get a Google account

        @facebook@... so laughable
        clikonco
      • RE: How to try to get a Google account

        @facebook@... Absolutely. Always preferred the 'vette. Latest model looks pretty awesome, if you ask me.

        Is there a cash for clunkers program for social services? Because Facebook's pages look very clunky. It would certainly qualify.
        CobraA1
    • RE: How to try to get a Google account

      @Linux Geek I'm pretty excited to try it out but until Google+ is more of a "mainstream" product I'll stick with Facebook.
      athynz
    • RE: How to try to get a Google account

      @Linux Geek
      real deal???
      I will believe once I see it.

      Don't make a big deal out of something which has just started. ;)
      spicycheeks
    • Not really

      @Linux Geek Google+ is still a highly gated community behind a velvet rope that relatively few have been let past.

      Facebook is a social network where you stand a chance of actually knowing somebody. if I want to keep people I know in the loop, I'm going to need to do it on a place that has actual people on it.
      Mac_PC_FenceSitter
    • RE: How to try to get a Google account

      @Linux Geek Just like Buzz...er, Wave...er...nevermind.
      goombawa
    • RE: How to try to get a Google account

      @Linux Geek

      Anyone can send me an invite? thanks :)

      ismet_dere@yahoo.com
      ismetd
  • RE: How to try to get a Google account

    No Thanks.
    owlnet
  • RE: How to try to get a Google account

    Can't wait to try this. :)
    i3ringit
  • Tired of the novelty of running down dead-end solutions

    No thanks. I tried Google Wave, Google Buzz and a few other Google abandonware products.
    Your Non Advocate
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      Will Pharaoh
    • RE: How to try to get a Google account

      I certainly see your point, but this one does seem different from a design perspective. Who knows...?
      hoaxoner
      • Then again, HD-DVD sounded like a good idea too

        @hoaxoner Google+ is the HD-DVD to Facebook's Blu Ray. It offers nothing new and costs about the same. Why switch?
        Your Non Advocate
      • RE: How to try to get a Google account

        @facebook
        To own your own content would seem like a huge idea. The integration of everything seems like another. Facebook makes tons of money off of what they "own" based on what is posted.
        hoaxoner
    • RE: How to try to get a Google account

      @facebook@... Obvious troll is obvious.
      Tommy S.
    • RE: How to try to get a Google account

      @facebook@...

      Gonna depend on whether Google learns their lessons about privacy. If they have learned, I'm all aboard, no question. If not, I'll have to think about it.

      Facebook, on the other hand, has the learning capacity of a pet rock. They haven't learned anything since they got established. They're all about pushing their social agenda at the expense of everybody's privacy.
      CobraA1
    • RE: How to try to get a Google account

      @facebook@... I'm getting soooo tired of people knocking great ideas such as Google Wave and Buzz, etc. These are great ideas put to the test. Not all will be successful. Never the less, this so called abandonware does NOT lack innovative thinking. Great ideas can be thought about, talked about, but sometimes you just have to do it.
      eswearengin