So, you want a Google+ Invite…
Or if you happen to get hooked up with one of the current back door ways to get in. Until they close that loop though too.
Here’s a little information on what Google+ is all about:
Introducing the Google+ project: Real-life sharing, rethought for the web
Among the most basic of human needs is the need to connect with others. With a smile, a laugh, a whisper or a cheer, we connect with others every single day.
Today, the connections between people increasingly happen online. Yet the subtlety and substance of real-world interactions are lost in the rigidness of our online tools.
In this basic, human way, online sharing is awkward. Even broken. And we aim to fix it.
We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests. And so begins the Google+ project.
Basically, it’s a trimmed up non-annoying, more secure and easier version of Facebook. It seems to be all the rage in that everyone that’s into Twitter and/or Facebook seems to want in on it. I think a few things that make it much nicer than Facebook are the following facts:
- NO ANNOYING ADS
- That’s right, you don’t get those annoying Like this or Like that or join this group or join that group adds that you see EVERYWHERE on Facebook.
- This allows you to compartmentalize everyone that is a ‘friend’ of yours on G+ into circles. You can easily decide who sees what when you post something and it’s as easy as click and drag to add or remove people from your circles.
- UNLIMITED PICASA SPACE
- Yup, if you’ve got a Google Plus account, you’ve now got unlimited Picasa photo space.
- It’s pretty much a small form (up to 10 people) chat room for collaboration, chatting, or just about anything.
- Yup, it pulls automatically from your Google Contact book so you can chat with anyone on there quickly and easily.
There’s a few other features, but you get the idea. Anywho, when G+ first went live for their ‘beta’, they allowed their members to invite friends. They started to get such a HUGE influx of people though that they now eliminated that and there’s a very select few ways you can get in.
- Know someone that still has G+ invites
- Wait for the live version
- Use a back door
What’s that? You don’t know anyone that has any G+ invites left and you don’t want to wait for it to go live?
Well, you can try this trick.
STEP 1. Click on what’s known as the circles tab up the top of the page.
STEP 2. Once on the circles page you’ll see that as well as some predefined Google+ circles, you have the option of creating your own. Click to create a new circle.
STEP 3. Give your circle a name and then click on ‘Add a new person’. Enter the email addresses of the people you want to invite into Google+. You’ll also want to add one of your own email adresses to this circle and I’ll get to why in a minute. Note:When I was testing this, any email address that was linked to my google profile didn’t work. So make sure you use an email addy that isn’t associated with your google accounts.
STEP 4. Now it’s time to share with your circle. What happens here is once you share an update with your circle, anyone who doesn’t have a Google+account will be notified via email. It’s in that email that they’ll receive a link to get in!
Another way to get a direct invite link to share with friends who aren’t on Google+
In step 3 I mentioned to make sure you include one of your own email addresses in your circle and here’s why… Once the email arrives notifying you of your own update, the link down the bottom that says Learn more about Google+is a link you can share with anyone. How cool is that! I just tested this with a friend today whose email address wasn’t included in my test circle and the link in my own email worked to get him in.
Be patient with the process as I initially thought my 3 tests had failed. I didn’t receive the email above until nearly 13 hours later! And then another email that I included in the test arrived another 2 hours after that. Google’s servers are apparently overloaded which might explain the delay. But for now, not only will this give you a way in, you’ll now have a direct link to share with friends. I’d be careful about over sharing the direct link as who knows what Google might do if 100 people suddenly join through the one link.
UPDATE: I just tested this again and it looks like the link you receive by adding your own email address to your circle will only work with one person. So if you want to invite 5 people, you’ll need 5 different email addresses to use.
Now, I haven’t tried either of these tricks, but I’m waiting on someone who has to let us know if they’ve done is successfully or not.
Either way, if you’re on G+ drop me a line and let me know at:
Or head on over to my contact page and drop me a line through there.
Oh, one other note to keep in mind. Actually two.
Google will be removing private profiles at the end of this month (I believe that’s the time frame) so if you do have a profile and don’t want to loose it, make sure and lock everything else down and keep it ‘un-private’. The only thing you are required to show are your name and gender. From Google’s Blog:
“The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used.
I’m not 100% sure I like this, but I’ll play by the rules for now. If it becomes too much of a ‘stalker’ piece, I’ll be deleting my account.
Also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be VERY wary of all of these sites asking you to give them this information or that information just so you can get an invite. At most you should have to DM on Twitter someone for it. (which is what I did). You don’t want to end up a victim of identity fraud or get one of your accounts hijacked.
Happy Googleing. 🙂