In a moment of excitement for both current Google+ users and people wanting to get in on the service, Google opened up its new service to everyone with a Gmail. At least that’s the plan. Users have been reporting that they haven’t been able to get accepted by the service, Gmail or no. In response, Google+’s official Twitter user account, @GooglePlusTweet, an unofficial Twitter user account for the service, has been sending out as many invites as it can to keep up with demand, but they’ve been hard pressed to keep up. In short, Google is definitely trying but give them just a bit longer to nail down the mass influx.
Update: My deepest apologies for posting that @GooglePlusTweet was an official user account for Google+. It was definitely an obvious error, and I should have caught it. The information regarding Google+ being open for everyone with a Gmail account however was valid, as reported by several users and other news sites. Thanks for the catch, guys!
Update 2: Apparently there seems to be confusion. At the time of this writing, which was after 11pm last night, Gmail users were reporting that they were able to get into the Google+ beta just by signing up, which coincided with a post by Google+’s head honcho, as well as a tweet from the above mentioned Twitter account. This went down shortly after. This is why I wrote “Users have been reporting that they haven’t been able to get accepted by the service, Gmail or no.” I did not update the article to state nor did we write another to state that users were now able to get into the service, so I assumed that everyone would understand that it’s still not open. Therefore, let me just come out and say that the service is still down. We will write another article as soon as the service comes back up, as this article had more to do with the situation last night. Thanks!
[via google+ twitter]