Google+ opens to the public

Grace Robinson
21 September, 2011
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Google opened its Google+ social network to the public today, dropping the mandatory invitation users previously needed to be eligible for an account.

Google launched a 12-week trial version of the network back in June this year, saying this gave them time to observe and learn what features worked on the site and what may need further tweaking.

“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, join the project and connect with the people they care about,” wrote Google Senior Vice President of engineering Vic Gundotra on the company’s official blog.

One of the Google+ features that has been rolled out so far is ‘Hangouts On Air’ a live video space where you can record and broadcast yourself to friends and groups.


Ready for my closeup: Hangouts on your phone gives you the option to check your appearance before being broadcast live on air. This feature currently supports Android devices, with iOS compatibility coming soon.

Google+ has been tipped as the next big thing in social networking, after more than 25 million visitors flocked to the site within a month of its trial launch – numbers that set a record among competitors like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter after they first went public.

Today’s announcement marks the beginning of Google+ enhanced features, with more to come soon,”

Gundotra wrote. ”Over the next day we’ll be rolling out all of these features globally. In the meantime, you can check out what’s next in Google+.”

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