Update 2011.07.07 12:30PM (GMT+8)
The capacity limits have been lifted (I think). Google+ is FREE FOR ALL now! Just log into your google/gmail account and activate googleplus or go to plus.google.com
I have been hearing stuff about this Google+ for the last couple of days already. But since I was busy with other official stuff, I just ignored it.
Today a blogger friend offered some Google+ invites in our Facebook group, and I immediately ask for an invite (and so did some of my blogger friends). Curiously some of us received the Google+ invites quickly while others are still waiting after some xx number of hours. So I asked some other contacts (read: office dudes and dudettes) and they mentioned that Google have reached the capacity limits already. Hmmm.
They say curiosity killed the cat but… (ooops I forgot the next line so I will stop being poetic here) so I tried again and again and using different channels and skillz (sorry I cannot reveal which channel + skillz worked) and got some confirmation: Google said
We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon
Quoting Google Plus Message:
Google+ is in limited Field Trial
Right now, we’re testing with a small number of people, but it won’t be long before the Google+ project is ready for everyone. Leave us your email address and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know when we’re ready to invite more people.
I am not buying that “Google exceeded our capacity” explanation. I was not born yesterday y’ know. I believe this is the “google drool effect” technique (marketing/RD or whatever) and it seems it’s working on me (as a consumer) as I am more intrigued and more eager to grab a Google plus invite now.
I am seeing some reviews from the lucky ones that got their Google+ accounts activated already and majority of it are positive evaluations. On the other side some AV friends at Sophos and GFI have seen some security concerns already via Google+ so this is really getting more exciting (+10 maybe) for me.
But at the end of the day, I believe I can wait for a day or two (or maybe up to three), so Google please don’t fail me on my Google+ invitation request OK?