Google plus is now Open to Everyone! - Digital Space

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Google plus is now Open to Everyone!

Yesterday I got a post in my email from Google's official blog. Among the many things mentioned in the blog the one that stands out will be the fact that Google plus has moved to beta stage from field trial and it is now open to the general public - no more invites needed.

Here's a quote from the post:
"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."

More new features have been added
After a myriad of additions done by Plus' major rival, Facebook, in recent times, we were beginning to wonder if Google would be able to upstage Facebook with any more new additions. So just yesterday they came of with the following features. (Note that these features would not be visible to everyone at the same time as they roll out gradually to all Google servers)

1. Hangout on Air
The most awesome feature in all the new features for me would be Hangout on Air. With this, people can now literally broadcast their real time videos to the world. The spell A-W-E-S-O-M-E in every sense of the world. Imagine a Youtube user base; then imagine you can broadcast live to that audience in the same easy fashion. If this doesn't get Zuckerberg scratching his head, I wonder what will. With this you can actually become a media superstar!

2. Search - finally!
Google+ Hangout for mobile phones
So now you can search your content in Plus. The public and early adopters of the platform have been clamouring for the downright awesome search technology of Google to be added to their new social platform. And now it's live!

3. There Hangout for your Phones too
Here's how they describe this: In life we connect with others in all sorts of places, at all different times. And the connections you make unexpectedly are often the ones you remember the most. We think Hangouts should keep pace with how you socialize in the real-world, so today we’re launching it on the one device that's always by your side: your mobile phone. To get started, simply find an active hangout in the Stream, and tap “Join”