I don't know if the world needs one more social network or not, but Google has created one. It is obviously designed to compete with Facebook, although it is quite different. Google Plus reportedly does not share Facebook's many security problems. That alone should make it attractive. However, I've been using Google+ for a couple of days now but must say that I cannot get too enthused about it.
Google is planning heavy investments in Google+ and will eventually use Plus as the infrastructure behind all of the company’s products.
You can find dozens of articles that describe Google+ in detail if you start at http://goo.gl/fDynS and the service itself is available at https://plus.google.com/.
Access to Google+ is being controlled in order to limit growth to manageable numbers and make sure the new service doesn't become overwhelmed with new users. In order to access Google+, you must be invited by a present user of the service. If you are a reader of this newsletter and would like an invitation, please send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an invitation as long as Google allows. I don't know how many invitations I have so there is only one way to find out.
UPDATE: I have been issuing invitations to the new Google+ social network service to any newsletter reader who asked for one. About 5:30 PM Eastern time this afternoon, Google started displaying the following error message on every invitation I attempted to deliver:
"We are unable to deliver the invitations. Please try again soon."
I have delivered 500 invitations in the past day and a half. I suspect that is the maximum.
As suggested by Google, I will "try again soon" but I cannot make any promises. If I do succeed in obtaining more invitations, you will receive a notice of a successful invitation from Google.
If you need an invitation, I suggest you contact a friend who is already a member of Google+. Reportedly, millions of computer users have already joined and I am guessing that every one of them can issue up to 500 new invitations.
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