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Google+ social network opens

2011-09-20 22:48

San Francisco - Google opened its Google+ social network to the world on Tuesday, dropping the need for an invitation to join the internet giant's rival to Facebook.

"For the past 12 weeks we've been in field trial, and during that time we've listened and learned a great deal," Google senior vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra said in a blog post.

"We're nowhere near done, but with the improvements we've made so far we're ready to move from field trial to beta... Anyone can visit google.com/+, join the project and connect with the people they care about."

The announcement came as part of a list of the 10 latest improvements Google is making to the social network it launched in an invitation-only test format on June 28.

Enhancements to Google+ included letting members take part in video-chat "Hangouts" using camera-enabled smartphones or tablet computers, or broadcast video presentations to groups of watchers using "Hangouts On Air".

Google said it has also woven its internet search expertise into the social network by adding a query box.

"Google+ is still in its infancy, of course, but we're more excited than ever to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software," Gundotra said.

"Over the next day we'll be rolling out all of these features globally," he said.

Comments
  • Ula Gillion - 2011-09-20 23:33

    I'm not convinced they'll be a real rival to Facebook.

      gizmo - 2011-09-21 00:03

      They had 10 million users inside of 2 weeks when it was invite only. They've integrated Facebook and Twitter in to one system and they've managed to do the impossible. They've made it work. Don't kid yourself. G+ is going to give Facebook a serious run for their money. There's a reason why they're the top software company in the world. People are tired of Facebook's lack of privacy that they'll give G+ a look at the very least.

      Colin Dovey - 2011-09-21 06:29

      Believe it - the change has been happening under the radar for months already!

      squeegeepilot - 2011-09-21 06:58

      I hope it wil have a "Illiminate the Idiot" button; as well as a "Send the Spammer a Virus" option. If so, i'll join immediately.

      Esperanza - 2011-09-21 07:53

      you're dreaming if you think that G+ will have more privacy than Facebook. Google has been collecting data on individuals for years, and now we're just going to give it to them freely. The joke is on us

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-09-21 06:35

    I'm excited... Facebook has some serious limitations that G+ will sort out...

  • noitall - 2011-09-21 06:54

    who needs another frikkin social website if you don't have any friends yet you a loser Google are not going to change that.

      Hetrohero - 2011-09-21 10:35

      I think when you have friends you are a looser.

  • YES - 2011-09-21 07:26

    It sounds like good news. It takes technogy to another level and its good for competition. Well done to administrators of Google.

  • Nicol Constan-Tatos - 2011-09-21 07:27

    Doesn't sound right that any1 should drop into your space without your approval. Yet now it looks like fb are going to have to make improvements to their site too. Simple stuff too - like when updating one's profile picture the previous one does not change in an old status comment unless you select an option for it to change too.

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