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Conklin
07-10-2011, 01:30 PM
there is a loophole allowing people to join. All I need to do is tag you in a post with your gmail address so if you'd like a google+ invite, just pm me your gmail addy

Conklin
07-10-2011, 01:44 PM
once your in, to invite others, just make a post and tag their gmail address and it should allow them to login too, to those of you that already received emails, let me know if it worked

TheReverend
07-10-2011, 01:51 PM
Says I'm not signed up when I try to log in through your email notification?

Conklin
07-10-2011, 01:53 PM
make sure you are already signed into google, then go to http://plus.google.com on the right, it should be ready for you to enter the rest of your information so you can get going

That One Guy
07-10-2011, 02:29 PM
Is this thing on a trial period or something? Why wouldn't they let people sign up?

Jay3
07-10-2011, 02:33 PM
Is this thing on a trial period or something? Why wouldn't they let people sign up?

Yes it is. They're in test phase, controlling the number of sign-ups so as for to not crash it.

And the method of the OP isn't surefire -- when Google closes the gates, it doesn't work. When they open, they open.

Ratboy
07-10-2011, 02:47 PM
Or you just have someone use the invite button.

Ratboy
07-10-2011, 02:48 PM
Yes it is. They're in test phase, controlling the number of sign-ups so as for to not crash it.

And the method of the OP isn't surefire -- when Google closes the gates, it doesn't work. When they open, they open.

+1

ZachKC
07-10-2011, 03:30 PM
It isn't a loophole...it is a way they are getting people in Google+

Quoydogs
07-10-2011, 03:36 PM
Yes it is. They're in test phase, controlling the number of sign-ups so as for to not crash it.

And the method of the OP isn't surefire -- when Google closes the gates, it doesn't work. When they open, they open.

I wonder if I should start calling my wife Google ?

BroncoDoug
07-10-2011, 05:26 PM
Isn't this similar to when gmail first started, it was like this super exclusive club that no one could join, but there were a few loopholes?

ghwk
07-10-2011, 07:33 PM
What is google plus? And if the answer involves a flame just forget I asked!

Jay3
07-10-2011, 07:34 PM
Or you just have someone use the invite button.

Easiest way. But it goes away sometimes. And if they've closed the gate, the person on the other end of the invite can't get in.

Man-Goblin
07-10-2011, 07:43 PM
What is google plus? And if the answer involves a flame just forget I asked!

You should google it.

Zing!

ghwk
07-10-2011, 08:43 PM
You should google it.

Zing!

Well I'm only lightly singed. :notworthy

Conklin
07-11-2011, 07:04 AM
Well I'm only lightly singed. :notworthy

googles newer, less spam version of facebook and social networking

alkemical
07-11-2011, 07:47 AM
Invite only = hype

TheReverend
07-11-2011, 07:53 AM
once your in, to invite others, just make a post and tag their gmail address and it should allow them to login too, to those of you that already received emails, let me know if it worked

Can you go over this in more detail?

If it's not porn related, I'm not good with computers.

ZachKC
07-11-2011, 08:17 AM
Invite only = hype

Yea. Like GMail. HYPE!

lol.

Rock Chalk
07-11-2011, 08:18 AM
Invite only = hype

Yeah, like all of google's products that were initially invite only, just hype.

Where's that rolls eyes smiley.

Almost every Google product is invite only to start for a good testing base. Its how they beta test. As the bugs get worked out, and they feel its polished and ready for the masses, it goes global and free to everyone.

Gmail was invite only for like 2 years. Nothing hype about it, free POPing, and more storage than anyone else out there.

Google Plus has a way to go but there are features on it that are completely superior to facebook.

That One Guy
07-11-2011, 09:03 AM
Sounds like Facebook is gonna clean their stuff up or have some good competition in the near future. Works for me but I don't do the Facebook thing enough to bother switching so hopefully it doesn't do to Facebook what Facebook did to Myspace.

alkemical
07-11-2011, 09:13 AM
Yea. Like GMail. HYPE!

lol.

Yeah, like all of google's products that were initially invite only, just hype.

Where's that rolls eyes smiley.

Almost every Google product is invite only to start for a good testing base. Its how they beta test. As the bugs get worked out, and they feel its polished and ready for the masses, it goes global and free to everyone.

Gmail was invite only for like 2 years. Nothing hype about it, free POPing, and more storage than anyone else out there.

Google Plus has a way to go but there are features on it that are completely superior to facebook.


It's still hype and marketing: WANT an invite??!?! They failed with google buzz. They NEED some press and some hype to compete with facebook.

Some times you fanboi's make me laugh.

Chris
07-11-2011, 09:19 AM
I've got about 40 people that have made the switch already. Basically it's like facebook but with much better privacy options and a 12 person video chat feature called hangout. I'm not really grasping all of it at this point but I feel much better about putting pics up on this than I do on facebook. Both companies are monoliths but google has shown itself to have some principles while facebook seems a lot more cynical.

Shananahan
07-11-2011, 09:23 AM
HEY GUYS I FOUND THIS SPECIAL SUPER SECRET LOOPHOLE TO THIS INTERNATIONAL ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORK THAT HAS BEEN ACTIVE FOR ABOUT A WEEK AND IS NOW LETTING ANYONE WHO WANTS JOIN

PM UR ADDRESS AND I WILL LET YOU IN

Shananahan
07-11-2011, 09:28 AM
I got on this the Friday before last and so far I don't see anything that makes it superior to Facebook other than the Sparks function and the fact that if I'm logged in at all times I will be able to see when some activity has happened just by going to Google, which I do all the time. So I guess that's a big plus. I don't really care at all about the hangouts as I feel no real need to organize a bunch of my friends together on their webcams at the same time.

Shananahan
07-11-2011, 09:29 AM
The circles function which allows you to dictate who sees what you post is a good feature that I'm sure Facebook will somehow find a way to employ, but I'm not sure why people are thinking this is any more private than Facebook.

Chris
07-11-2011, 09:39 AM
The circles function which allows you to dictate who sees what you post is a good feature that I'm sure Facebook will somehow find a way to employ, but I'm not sure why people are thinking this is any more private than Facebook.

When you sign up you have the option to opt out of sharing your information with anyone (advertisers, etc.) outside your friends list.

broncocalijohn
07-11-2011, 09:46 AM
The circles function which allows you to dictate who sees what you post is a good feature that I'm sure Facebook will somehow find a way to employ, but I'm not sure why people are thinking this is any more private than Facebook.

I have always wondered why FB doesnt do this. If you have a party but didnt invite every FB friend, you might want to share it with 20% of the friends since some of the 80% might feel jilted as to not being invited. Perfect way of sharing and not hurting those that are too sensitive.

Conklin
07-11-2011, 09:51 AM
another round of invites have been sent.
Just login to your gmail and then go to http://plus.google.com

Shananahan
07-11-2011, 09:57 AM
I have always wondered why FB doesnt do this. If you have a party but didnt invite every FB friend, you might want to share it with 20% of the friends since some of the 80% might feel jilted as to not being invited. Perfect way of sharing and not hurting those that are too sensitive.
(Old) update: http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/04/google-circles-knockoff-hits-facebook-courtesy-of-unofficial-plu/

Rock Chalk
07-11-2011, 11:17 AM
It's still hype and marketing: WANT an invite??!?! They failed with google buzz. They NEED some press and some hype to compete with facebook.

Some times you fanboi's make me laugh.

Im far from a fanboi.

They failed with Buzz and Orkut, but they didn't generate this invite **** for Google Plus to hype up the product, its how they have done everything. It's nothing new.

Jay3
07-11-2011, 11:17 AM
I got on this the Friday before last and so far I don't see anything that makes it superior to Facebook other than the Sparks function and the fact that if I'm logged in at all times I will be able to see when some activity has happened just by going to Google, which I do all the time. So I guess that's a big plus. I don't really care at all about the hangouts as I feel no real need to organize a bunch of my friends together on their webcams at the same time.

The "circles" is a key function that is long overdue. Different groups of people -- coworkers, family, close friends -- can be sent different posts, depending on your wishes. ANd it's easy, instead of inscrutable like Facebook's groups.

And the concept of "friending" is out. Instead of a two-way thing where you each agree "we are friends!" you just put somebody in your circle. It's analogous to "following" someone on Twitter, like Adam Schefter. If that person feels like it, they add you to a circle.

But you can have circles called Following, Acquaintenances, Colleagues, Broncos, whatever -- much easier to manipulate.

Jay3
07-11-2011, 11:19 AM
They failed with Buzz and Orkut,

I think the failure on Buzz was about as simple as "It was supposed to be a Twitter competitor, but people thought it was supposed to be Facebook."

Buzz was just supposed to sound like "Tweet." But there was no reason to even fool with Buzz.

Rock Chalk
07-11-2011, 11:20 AM
The circles function which allows you to dictate who sees what you post is a good feature that I'm sure Facebook will somehow find a way to employ, but I'm not sure why people are thinking this is any more private than Facebook.

Facebook has done some shady stuff with your information in regards to sharing with advertisers. THey make a settings change and then default your privacy setting to on. You have to manually go in and change it and they dont notify you.

Google - so far anyway - doesn't seem to do this. And if they stick to what they have always done, they never will.

They aggregate your data but its never shared with advertisers without your permission.

I like the Circle business personally, but there are some buggy things going on with the interface that need tweaking. Its still very much a beta product.

alkemical
07-11-2011, 11:22 AM
Im far from a fanboi.

They failed with Buzz and Orkut, but they didn't generate this invite **** for Google Plus to hype up the product, its how they have done everything. It's nothing new.

yet, they didn't release the press releases, etc that they have done with this product - unlike, you know - with google wave, etc.

I'm aware of their SOP, i'm also aware of marketing. They are hyping this up, and the invite adds VALUE to it.

You are a fanboi, might as well use a Mac. ;D

Jay3
07-11-2011, 11:45 AM
I'm a fanboi.