Thursday, July 07, 2011

Google+ Plus FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

May of you may be managed to get Google+ (Plus) account or may be struggling to get one for yous. You must be having so many questions on Google Plus like  why there is age restriction of 18+ on Google+ ? or Why some one who already got invitation are unable to join Google Plus? or How can you invite your friend on Google Plus? or Do I need GMail account to access Google+?

The list of questions related to Google+ Plus may go to very large. I found few list of frequently asked question (FAQ) related to Google plus in discussion forum of Google plus and I would like share them with you. Additional to this you can also check out features of Google plus and tips & tricks for Google +

Welcome to the Google+ Unofficial Frequently Asked Questions

You can join Google+ by going to the Google+ Project site, select "Join" and a clicking on the button "Keep me posted". You can enter your e-mail address and other information and when a spot opens up you will be sent an e-mail that will allow you to join. There's also a loop hole that allows you to get an invitation. 
How does the loophole work? 
If you know someone that's already using Google+ they can add you to a circle and share a stream with you. This will send you an e-mail with info about the stream and you'll be able to click the "join Google+" button.

Why is Google+ invitation only?
This new service isn't ready for public use just yet. Google is making the service available for field testing meaning they'd like a handful of regular people to use it and give feedback so they'll know what to improve and whether there are bugs that need fixing. So once again there's no point in complaining that you can't join freely or add people instantly since that's not purpose at the moment. This is not a public release.

People sent me invites but I'm not getting the e-mails, why?
There's a delay, sometimes up to 12 hours or more, for Google+ e-mail arrivals. It's probably due to regulating people using the loophole to get in. If  you're lucky enough to get an invite, please be patient and keep on checking the Google+ front page to see when they open up to allow people in.

I received an invite but I can't join, what gives?
The amount of people allowed to join is defined by the amount of space on the servers to host these people. As Google is expanding the capacity more people are able to join. So even if you receive an invitation you are only able to join if and when a spot opens up.

How do I invite people to Google+?
Once you've managed to join the site you can help other people join by exploiting the loophole. Simply go to "Circles" and click on the "Add a new person button". Enter their e-mail address, name and assign them a circle. Once everybody's added go to "Home" enter something you'd like to share in the stream box and add the circles that contain people that you'd like to invite. Make sure the box below the post next to Share is checked (it says: Also email X people yet not using Google+). This will prompt an email of the stream to be send to them allowing them to click the join button. Warning: this email most likely will have hours of delay.

Do I need a G-Mail account to join Google+?
You don't need a Gmail account to join the project though having a Google account in advance might help you getting started a bit quicker. You can link any email to the Google account as well.

Are the loopholes closed?
No, the reason people aren't able to join is because there needs to be a spot open for them on the server. So whether you got your invite by exploiting a loophole or you got an official invitation from Google, you are only able to join when there's room for you on the servers.

I got invited and had a spot open but I still can't join because I'm too young, why?
You need to be 18+ to join Google+. Before you make any steps to get an invitation, make sure that the email you're using has your age or birthday year set up so you'll appear as 18 or older or you will get rejected from the project. In case this happens you'll need to set up a new email as an 18+ and start all over again. (I hope Google won't stone me for this)

Why do I need to be 18+ to join?
Google are looking for serious and mature people to test their product and give proper feedback. Also 18+ people are more likely to have in depth knowledge about the workings of a social network site and other technical knowledge which will provide them with better and insightful feedback.

Will Google+ be limited to 18+ year old?
No, this is a trial period. Once the product is ready to be launched the age restriction will be set to 13+.

Keep in mind that this is a trial period for an unfinished project to test the features that are available and give feedback on points of improvement and bug fixes. Don't expect for things to function perfectly and to have all the features you want already available. Please give as much feedback by using the button at Google+ often found at the bottom of the page or share your story here.

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