Now Anyone Can Join Google+ — No Invitation Required; Just Visit http://www.google.com/+ and Sign Up Today
For the past 12 weeks, Google+ (Google Plus), the new social networking project by Google, has been in a limited field trial, and only invited guests have been allowed to participate in the project’s development. As of today, Google+ moves from field trial to open beta, and anyone can join and connect with the people they care about.
To sign-up for Google+, people can visit this link
Google+ was designed to make sharing on the web more like sharing in the real world. Recognizing that not all relationships are created equal, the Circles feature allows users to selectively share information with different groups of people. Through a simple interface, users drag-and-drop their contacts into self-created Circles of friends, family, co-workers, etc. So just like in real-life, users can share one thing with their “college buddies,” another with their “parents,” and almost nothing with their “boss.”
Some other primary features of Google+ include: Hangouts, live group video chat with up to 10 people; Stream, the place to see updates from contacts in Circles; and Mobile, location sharing, group messaging and the option to immediately upload pictures taken on your Android device.
In the short time since the Google+ project was launched (June 28, 2011), over 100 improvements to the product have been made. That’s 8-9 product enhancements each week!
In addition to today’s consumer launch of Google+, additional features and enhancements were announced. They include:
Better search for topics and personalities on the site: “Google+ search results include items that only you can see, so family updates are just as easy to find as international news,” the company says.
“On-air” Hangouts: Google’s group video-chat feature, called Hangouts, has helped it stand out from Facebook, which does not have a similar tool. Now users can broadcast these group chats to the public: “The setup is simple enough: 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,” Google’s blog post says.
Mobile Hangouts: These video chats now work on smartphones running Google’s Android 2.3 operating systems. Support for the iPhone is coming soon, Google says.
Google will be hosting its very first On Air Hangout with Will.i.am on Wednesday night, September 21. For more information, visit Will.i.am’s profile on Google+
More information on these new roll-outs can be found here
The blog post that launched it all, can be found here