After being on field trial for 3 months it looks like Google+ is will now be on public beta which means anyone can now signup for a Google+ account without any invites.
In a blogpost, Vic Gundotra, Senior VP of Engineering said “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.”
And together with the announcement, Google introduce a number of new features on Google+ and Hangout;
– Google+ users will not have the ability to use Hangout on a Android devices that is running version 2.3 or higher.
– Hangouts On Air, think of this as public broadcast that allows you to do a hangout session to large audience.
– Hangouts with extras featurs like Screensharing, Sketchpad, Google Docs, Named Hangouts create your own hang-out for people who share a specific topic.
– Hangout API; Google released a number of Hangout APIs, so developer can start creating apps that will utilize the Google Hangout.
– Search in Google+ “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.”
There’s no telling what kind of reception will Google+ have on the general public though there was a high demand on Google+ invites (I alone was able to sent out at least 400 Google+ Invites) when it was first announced and attracted more than 10 million users on it’s first two weeks alone, but people seems to have lost interest in the service when news broke-out about it’s real-name policy and lack of business account.
For those who have yet to create their Google+ account, you just go to http://plus.google.com to create one.
Article first published as Google+ now Open to Anyone Anywhere! on Technorati.
Last modified: September 20, 2011