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Google+ Can't Keep Up with "Insane Demand"
June 30, 2011 09:59 AM
Like a pajama jammy-jam hosted by Kid and Play, this Google+ party is getting too popular for its own good.
The Search Giant is picking up decent, if not glowing, reviews for its new anti-Facebook service, and early adopters are foaming at the mouth at its exclusivity. Google had been in charge of handing out invites, but last night, the company allowed existing users to send out invites.
And the floodgates were opened.
Demand became so great for the Facebook alternative, that Google couldn't handle the surge and
shut down the invite process
. Vic Gundotra -- Google's head of social -- addressed the virtual velvet rope in a
post on Google+
. "We've shut down invite mechanism for the night. Insane demand. We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way. Thank you all for your interest!"
Despite a lengthier learning curve than most services, Google+ is generating massive demand. Early reviews have been largely positive, the
official Android app
is well-received, even the mobile web app for the iPhone is getting
. With word of mouth growing -- and we pour out a 40 for MySpace -- looks like Google will have to batten down the hatches to prepare for the inevitable influx.
Because this time, it doesn't look like it'll be another Wave.
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