Google stops invitations to new social network

SAN FRANCISCO Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:19pm EDT

A screen shot of the Google Plus social network is shown in this publicity photo released to Reuters June 28, 2011. REUTERS/Google/Handout

A screen shot of the Google Plus social network is shown in this publicity photo released to Reuters June 28, 2011.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc stopped inviting users to join its new social network less than 48 hours after beginning a limited rollout of the service.

Google Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra said the company had "shut down invite mechanism" for the Google+ service for the night, in a note he posted on Google+ on Wednesday evening.

"Insane demand. We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way," Gundotra wrote.

Google unveiled Google+ on Tuesday, marking the company's boldest move to take on Facebook, the world's No.1 social networking company. The new Google+ service follows a string of failed attempts by Google to crack the social networking market with products such as Google Buzz and Wave.

A Google spokeswoman declined to say whether Google had resumed inviting people to join Google+ on Thursday or to specify what caused the suspension of invitations.

"We launched Google+ in a Field Trial in order to test the product out and gather more feedback," Google said in an emailed statement.

"As part of the Field Trial, we may open and close Google+ to new users at any time. We're thrilled so many people are interested in trying out a new approach to online sharing."

(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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Comments (3)
tkboxer wrote:
Good move Google, limit the invites, get tons of feedback to ready it for primetime. Smart move!

Jun 30, 2011 4:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
socialfan wrote:
Google stopped new invitations but users have other options. Who knows google might kill this as well just like buzz, wave. AvatarScope.com has a similar idea and uses google account for login. Doesn’t collect any other personal information. Seems to have better privacy than circles. Interesting Concept.

Jul 01, 2011 2:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
N4villu5 wrote:
Good move to increase the hype. I was looking forward to an invite, but looks like I’ll have to wait a little longer.

Jul 01, 2011 8:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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