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Google Plus Invites Opened Up Wednesday Night

Google opened up their invites again on Wednesday night at approximately 7pm.

In order to invite people, you would have needed to click on the red envelope in the lower right-hand corner of your main Google+ home page and enter in the person’s email address.  You could of also invited them from the  “Circles” page by selecting their email address from your Gmail address book.

This news came way of Dave Besbris who is listed as Engineering Director of Google+.

Dave warned to only invite a handful of people as inviting a large number could actually hurt your chances:

As I bet you’ve noticed, we are facing pretty incredible demand for Google+ invites.

As Engineering Director of Google+, I wanted to take a moment to explain why we’re growing the system slowly. First, we want to make sure our infrastructure scales so the service remains fast and reliable. Second, we want to ensure that bugs are fixed while there are still a relatively few people in the field trial.

Things are going well with the systems right now so we feel comfortable enough to open up invites for a brief period. Our goal is to double the user base in the field trial. (Sorry, we’re not giving details about how many folks are in the field trial yet).

So, in a few minutes, we’ll open up invites again.

We continue to throttle invites, so please don’t mass invite folks as it won’t work. If you invite a handful of your most important friends and family you’re much more likely to get these folks into our system.

Thanks again for providing so much wonderful feedback!

I invited just under 25 people and had confirmations within minutes people were getting in.  I did this three ways:

  • I added people I invited to a circle
  • I asked them to tell me once they were in
  • I checked my notifications for alerts of new people following me

Last week, I’d only had time to make a short video on Google+ and then invite 3 or 4 people before I headed out to dinner.

This time around, I caught the announcement early.  The window was from approximately 7pm – 10pm Pacific time and during that window, an icon appeared again in the lower right-hand corner of your Google+ home page allowing you to directly invite people to the social networking service.

I began inviting people directly:

Mile (@nikefab) had no problem getting the email and signing up for Google+ within minutes:

I also DM’d, emailed and notified people on Google+ that that could invite others.  I looked through my business cards as well for invite opportunities.  It was lovely to see people get access so quickly tonight!  Some people didn’t get email invites.  I sent two to my own email address as well for testing toward the end.

Out of the people I invited, 6 confirmed their new membership to Google+ via the following ways:

  • Several received email invites welcoming them the service
  • One signed in directly and got in
  • Another logged in via the Android app

One person noticed they had been invited 3 times:

They immediately could invite people to join as well.

  • Will Google continue to focus on Wednesdays to offer early access to new services?
  • How many new people joined Google+ on this latest round of invites?
  • When will Google+ become available to the public?

I still have my weeklong review of Google+ in the works so make sure to subscribe to get notified of that post!

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About Adria Richards

Adria Richards is a developer and entrepreneur focused on digital equality. She has worked in the tech industry since 1998 solving big problems for companies of all sizes. Embracing her inner nerd, Adria moved moved to San Francisco in 2010 to pursue her passion for technology. Previously she has worked in technical and training roles for enterprise, nonprofits and startups; from Apple to Zendesk. Adria is a popular speaker and gives talks about culture, communication and diversity. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, yoga and bacon; not necessarily at that order. Her Twitter account is followed by President @BarackObama.