Google+ users able to issue public invites … for now

8 Jul 2011

It emerged this afternoon that Google+ users now have temporarily the ability to issue public invites to their friends, families and acquaintances. It is also understood that the Google+ mobile app has become available in the Android Market.

Users of Google+ today will notice that on the bottom right corner of their screens there will be an icon saying: “Invite people to join Google+.”

By clicking on it, users can type in names from their Gmail address book and swiftly send their invites.

However, according to sources, the window could close as quickly as it opened. “The engineers bring on waves of people, so open invites till (they) reach quota (and) then close again, still in field trial,” a spokesperson said.

You see, Google engineers are letting people invite friends in waves before de-activating the invitation capability.

It is clear Google is stress testing the system before opening it generally to the public.

In related news, social media marketing outfit Simply Zesty has launched a tool that tracks the Facebook versus Google+ battle with votes.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years