An Update on Google+ Invites and When You Can Get In

Jul 05, 2011

Only the Mother-Ship Knows

There’s a ton of conflicting information out there right now on what’s happening with the invites to Google. There are still a bunch of people with invites or shares getting the message, “Google is in limited Field Trial.
Right now, we’re testing with a small number of people, but it won’t be long before the Google project is ready for everyone. Leave us your email address and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know when we’re ready to invite more people.” while new users seem to be arriving on a regular basis each day.

So what’s going on? Here’s the main theories floating around inside G :

1. Google opens the gates wide everyday and accepts invites until server load hits a certain point, then shuts it down.

2. Google turns the tap off and on like a water balloon filling station during a waterfight.

I haven’t seen the invitation feature for a few days, but the share emails seem to come through, often after a several hour delay sometimes, other times, right away.

Even Scoble posted yesterday that the gates were now wide open and then later corrected after numerous comments reported that this was not the case (maybe you can see this:

So How Do I Get In?

If you have an invitation in your email inbox, or if someone has shared a G post with you via email, just keep trying (by clicking on the “Learn More About Google ” button). If you need an invite (via sharing a link), you can fill out my contact form here:  I’ve sent a lot of share invites over the last week and continue to see some success, so it’s a matter of trying a few times a day until you’re in.

All that being said, I’m still enjoying G and figuring out how to best utilize it. The slower invitation access means I don’t have a lot of close friends on the service yet, which would be nice, but I’m seeing a lot more conversation happen on posts than in Facebook and more control. With the Hangout feature (10 people with video and chat), I can see a lot of work collaboration possibilities, if only they would allow Google Apps user emails to use profiles and G .

Keep trying and good luck.

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