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.
- Dick Eastman
I am also curious about one feature I haven't used yet: "hangouts." Hangouts is where you can have a one on one video or do a group video chat with all of your friends or a particular circle. The people you select will see a message that you are hanging out. It appears to support keyboard, audio, and even video connections. As an experiment, I am going to host a hangout on Monday evening, July 11, at 9 PM Eastern U.S. time, 6 PM Pacific. Would you like to join me and a few friends at that time? All are welcome.
I suspect the hangout will be pandemonium if it attracts a bunch of people. To me, that's half the fun. Let's see if we can "max this thing out."
There's a lot to be learned and I haven't found all the answers yet. However, I must say that Google+ is beginning to look like a rather well-polished product.
Google+ can be found at http://plus.google.com or send a brief email message to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an invitation.
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