Google+ was launched 3 months back as an answer to the social media behemoth Facebook. Since the time of its launch, Google+ had been invite-only which meant that you could be able to access it only if you got an invite from a friend.
Now, after being invite-only for nearly 3 long months, today onwards, Google+ is open to all.
This announcement was made via Google’s official blog where they mentioned about the 99 improvements that have been made to the search engine giant’s social media attempt since Google+ was released on invitations-only basis less than 90 days back. In the same announcement, they have listed the latest feature as “+Everyone” which means Google+ is now open to public and does not need any invitations to access it.
Below is an excerpt from the Google’s official announcement where they revealed the 100th Google+ feature since its launch:
Anyone can sign up for Google+—no invitation required.
For the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal. We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce our 100th feature: open signups. This way anyone can visit google.com/+, join the project and connect with the people they care about.
One more amazing feature that is being released along with “Open to All” is the Google+ Search, which is a hybrid of content shared on Google+ and results from around the web. An excerpt from the announcement says, “Just type what you’re looking for into the Google+ search box, and we’ll return relevant people and posts, as well as popular content from around the web.”
The Google+ invites were in high demand when the Google+ service was launched back in July and even there were news that the initial curiosity among the internet users for Google+ features also led to a drop in traffic on facebook but later on people lost the interest and instead Googl+ traffic dropped 😉
Now, what would be quite interesting to see is that with Google+ becoming accessible to all, and having a large user base in terms of Gmail users, Google Reader users, YouTube users, will Google+ be able to get back interest in internet users and get back the lost traffic? We will keep you posted on the updates; till then, stay tuned 🙂