Pool Party

Thanks to a generous reader, we've found ourselves taking a couple of laps through the Pool Party, the photo sharing application developed within Google by its "Slide" team. Whether Pool Party's an active part of the new Google+ social network on Google or just an internal project whose innards will be (or have been) adopted by services such as Google+ remains to be seen.

So what is Pool Party? Plain and simple, it's photo sharing. You log in, create "Pools," and share photos. You can invite individual users to a Pool, and in the process grant them access to view, comment on, save, share and "like" photos within that pool. You can have multiple pools (no idea if there's a maximum), with different people in each pool.

And that's about it. Photo sharing, plain and simple.

The app itself -- which is still in private beta as of this writing -- is simple, straightforward, and plenty fast. It's pretty spartan, with little in the way of user interface or settings. You can change your first and last name, profile photo, gender, and whether you want to receive live updates.

As for the Pools themselves, you can change the Pool name; view, add and remove members; receive e-mail updates on pool activity (including each time a photo or comment is posted); and whether or not to receive push notifications.

There's also a web component (at poolpartyapp.com), which is pretty much the same thing, just in browser.

So will we see a Pool Party in Google+? Or will the services be folded in? That remains to be seen. But let's certainly hope so, as the Pool Party app (there's also one available for iOS, which our pals at TiPb have given the what-for) is clean, easy photo sharing, and that's a must-have for a social network looking to break the Facebook hold on the world.

We've got a plethora of screen shots after the break.

Thanks, Dr_Mcq!
More coverage: TechCrunch

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There are 132 comments

MrMara says:

I sure would like an invite to. Google+

cStyle says:

I would like an invite also. cstyled [at] gmail.com

Nirvana328 says:

ugh, someone make a freaking forums thread and post your emails there, this is an article about pool party, not Google + invite requests. Google+ is filled and no longer accepting new accounts so invites are useless.

Also you can just request an invite for pool party here:


Can the mods please shut the comments down and fix this?

kujayhawks77 says:

need an email address and I'll send you one

eahinrichsen says:

e.a.hinrichsen@gmail.com if you've still got some left. Thanks either way!

reverepats says:


only if any invites are stiil avail.......thanks lot....much appreciated

MrMara says:

its travis.mara - at - gmail dot com.

This would be greatly appreciated. Thanks man

rmcohio87 says:

got a google+ already but would appreciate a pool party invite. combs dot randall at gmail dot com.

nibs13#AC says:

i would greatly appreciate an invite if you have any left, nabeel.thomas13@gmail.com

i'd be more than happy to pass mine around to any androidcentral folks who need one too if i get in!

etnpnys says:


I'd really appreciate on, as well! I've been dying to try it since they announced it earlier this year. Deftonesfiend@gmail.com . Thanks you for taking the time.

otto says:

If you've still got any available I would love one. My email address is hunter@p101.net

matt8poi says:

I would love an invite. I just got a Nexus S 4g. matt8poi@gmail.com

Nice job guys! .... Looking forward to checking it out.

bpg109 says:

People still sending invites? If that's the case then briengerber@gmail.com would love one! Thanks so much if you can!

kujayhawks77 says:


f1bonacc1 says:

Do you have any more of those Google+ invites left? mail4vio@gmail.com

Mathiias says:

Looking forward to trying it out. Anyone got an invite? evo.me.now at gmail. TIA!

kujayhawks77 says:


Can I get one please? actorms@gmail.com

pDoG says:

If someone could please give me an invite to Google+ I would really appreciate it.
thank you!

kujayhawks77 says:


georgek77 says:

Can i PLEASE get a Pool Party Invite as well?


otto says:

If you have anymore google+ I would love one of those too! hunter@p101.net

ive been trying for invites too. kennethrmaxwell@gmail.com thanks

BrianTufo says:

Pool Party invites available? If so brian.tufo@gmail.com :) Thanks in advance!

I don't need a Google+ invite as I already have that. Just looking for Pool Party!

setitoff215 says:

Can someone Invite me also Please Thank You!!1 setitoffmngement@gmail.com

GhostGregg says:

Invite! PLEASE!! gjburwell@gmail.com

gwap says:

would love to try this if someone has a invite to give kwamehc@gmail.com

I feel like a jerk asking, but if someone would be so kind as to send me a + invite I would also share with other members here.

0mie says:

Invite Sent

Would love an invite. actorms at gmail, thanks in advance!!!!

imthekingbk says:

If anyone is kind enough to invite me to pool party I'd greatly appreciate it! thanks!

pool party or g+ invite? it would be much appreciated! coolsoundingme@gmail.com

0mie says:

Invite Sent

georgek77 says:

Can i PLEASE get a Pool Party Invite as well?


reisman says:

If you have additional Pool Party invites, I would really appreciate one! Mark.Reisman at Gmail dot com

doncerda says:

Speaking of photo sharing (great article BTW :-):-) ) when are we gonna get some new Lloyd wallpapers :-).. the one on the main pic looks awesome :-).. please and thanks

alahwal says:

yaaaay some of my photos are getting famous :)
glad i could help guys ;)

0mie says:

Can I get an invite? ;)

plh36 says:

I would love an invite for Google + please....hercep@gmail.com
Thank you !

0mie says:

Invite Sent

adamhosman says:

I would love on to please! adamhosman@gmail.com

plh36 says:

Please resend, I didn't receive it: hercep@gmail.com

plh36 says:

Please resend, I didn't receive it: hercep@gmail.com

SenenCito says:

am I too late to ask for an invite/ senencito@gmail.com

im a photographer and would love something like this

shameless plug at www.senencito.com

Vel11226 says:

Google+ or pool party would be awesome, if someone has a spare invite please send it my way. VEL11226@gmail.com

0mie says:

Invite sent

adamhosman says:

google+ would be great adamhosman@gmail.com

slym84 says:

Does anyone want a Google+ invite for pool invite? utsavsth@gmail.com

0mie says:

Pool Party invites please... 0mieDoes@gmail.com, that's a zero not an O

salvikid01 says:

if you guys are still sending out Google+ invites I would love to get one :)
salvikid01@gamil.com :) A HUGE THANK YOU IN ADVANCED!!!

adamhosman says:

I would love an invite as well please adamhosman@gmail.com, Thanks!!!!

0mie says:

Invite Sent

adamhosman says:


adamhosman says:

I still have not got an invite, :(

atticus says:


greatly appreciate it if at all possible.

Animus_3.0 says:

Google+ invite if you have a spare, appreciated

darkxiao says:

Ahh! If anyone still has an invite, it'd be greatly appreciated!
Thanks =]

S_C_B says:

baker dot sean dot c at gmail.com
Invite me to Google+ if you don't want the kittens and puppies to die!
J/k about the puppies!

Nicketmaster says:

nicketmaster@gmail.com would like an invite to G+ if anyone has one to hand out.


SoCalMario says:

same here. Invite please. mario.zugasti@gmail.com. I will return the favor and invite people when I get invites to give.


SoCalMario says:

sorry for the multiple posts

DeathCab4LU says:

Can I get a pool party invite? jrhagler03@gmail.com

Sophos says:

I sent out G+ invites to those of you asking. I would like to check out PoolParty if someone can add me. Thanks. Sapiensuperioris at gmail dot com


iamfuze says:

Can I get an invite thrown my way? fuze07@gmail.com

rmcohio87 says:

got g+ but would appreciate a pool party invite, combs dot randall @ gmail dot com

optimaljam says:

please give me google+ and pool party invite! :) optimal1990@gmail.com

equationlab says:

Pool Party invite, please.

urabcsr says:

I would love to have a google+ invite if there are any around. Lrhiett@gmail.com
Thank you.

Disco says:

not to beat a dead horse, but would also love to get a google+ invite.


JDong217 says:

If someone could send me a pool party invite to justinsdong@gmail.com that would be great

also, isn't google+ closed now? I'm on google+ but the option to invite disappeared

Lupercal says:

Feel like an ass for asking, but could I get a g+ invite too?

Thank you.


ill give pool party invite for google + invite. hit me up kennethrmaxwell@gmail.com

roblee37 says:

please please please.. if anyone still has invites.. please please..
rob.lsa37@gmail.com ... please please please.. google+ invites..

roblee37 says:

poolparty invites also please.. rob.lsa37@gmail.com.. also google+ invites rob.lsa37@gmail.com... anyone.. please..

Atom661 says:

I'ld love an invite also to both G+ and pool if anyone has any to pass around...
Atom661@gmail dot com

dzirambola says:

Can someone Invite me poolparty Please Thank You dzirambola@gmail.com

Hmmm seems I've shown up to the party late, but might as well give it a shot! A Google plus invite sounds amazing and would be hugely appreciated! Hunter27reese at g mail dot com, now I have to think of a way to stand out from the crowd....*jumps and waves arms vigorously*

kona2day says:

Sorry I'm late. This is what happens when you go on vacation and come back. So many things have taken place. I sent in my email address to Google for Google+, but if you still have one available, I would like to graciously ask for an invite, also for pool party, if it's not too much trouble.
I guess all I can do is ask. Thank you in advance

theSupporter says:

It'd be great if I could get an invite to both Google+ and Pool Party. Thanks! naruhodou.kun@gmail.com

theSupporter says:

It'd be great if I could get an invite to both Google+ and Pool Party. Thanks! naruhodou.kun@gmail.com

If anyone has invites left for Google+ or Pool Party, I would much appreciate one. :)


Thank you!!!!!

rycus86 says:

I would love a Google+ and/or Pool party invite to rycus86 at gmail.com!

Thank you!

stingray389 says:

Please send me a google+ invite if any are left, It would definitely be appreciated,
Have a great weekend everyone!


AgentGraves says:

So nice of you guys to toss out invites.please if there are any left for pool party or Google plus toss one my way. i will share the love as well. NDGlovergame@gmail.com

Terrigno says:

Would love an invite to pool party. (Already on Google+) nterrignojr@gmail.com :) Thanks guys!

f1bonacc1 says:

If anyone has an invite for Google+ please spread the love:

keanhong says:

me too.. keanhong @ gmail.com

totalskill says:

an invite to either would be appreciated

a pool party invite would be much appreciated

nicDe says:

Would like an invite to poolparty =)
Thank you!

baykes says:

Google+ has been at capacity for at least 2 days now. Its not accepting any more invites and not allowing anyone to send any out. not sure why people are fanatically posting email addresses, no one's getting in right now.

Fms4Life says:

Lol. I know right! I'm laughing my @ss off at all these retards asking for invites. Haha

Actually, I think it's a good thing. It shows how many people will actually be using the service, and continues to hype. Also, it allows people that are willing to help other community members send invites when invites are available. So, it's just adding to the entire process of social networking. :D

I always seem to find these things a few hours too late but if any kind soul has a Google+ invite(for when they open again) or a Pool Party one I would greatly appreciate it.


bulldog says:

Could I get a invite , please

Fms4Life says:

Hahaha. Look at all you trolls asking for invites. Lol

sigaiser says:

Been trying all week for a + invite. Anyone please? sigaiser@gmail.com

melaski7399 says:

Google+ invite please, melaski7399@gmail.com. Thx

hairclog says:

I would appreciate an invite and will pay it forward

Hairclog+ac at gmail.com

tapfumam says:

anyone with an invite to jmuzondo@gmail.com for this or Google+, don't believe i have the apps but yet to even use them

i would love an invite!


shellshof#AC says:

Could I please get an invite???

tdesai4 says:

Can I please get invite too...


wheelah says:

If anyone has either a "plus" or poolparty invite, I sure would like to check these out. Thanks! wheelah@gmail.com

kazekim says:

I need invite for Pool Party too.

Can anyone send it to me?


R2hudson says:


Please send me an invite, I'll pass a couple along as well

b0x3r says:

ill take an invite as well !! that is if someone is feeling generous :) aj.delao@gmail.com

DvLS says:

one extra invite

cjp85 says:

Shoot an invite my way:

JustTuNice says:

mlorenz says:

Any have any extra invites they want to send me? Mlorenz101@gmail.com thanks

Tejascoyote says:

An invite to google+ would from someone please; I'll return the favor for another reader. Thanks!!

Tejascoyote says:

Would love to join the PoolParty! Anyone with an invite?

ssbsts#AC says:

if anyone has a google+ or pool party invite and wouldn't mind sharing i would really appreciate it!

acottle at gmail dot com


georgek77 says:

Can i PLEASE get a Pool Party Invite as well?



woodypg says:

If anyone can help me out with a pool party invite and/or google+ I would be forever indebted. And will gladly help out others. woodypg@gmail.com THANK YOU once again.

luckeymr says:

Would really love a google+ invite. PLEASE!!!! luckeymr at gmail.com! Thanks in advance.

edr1983 says:

I would greatly appreciate a invite if you can. Ipimpslapbabies@gmail.com

hamjam says:

If anyone is giving out pool party invites I'll gladly have one. Thank you in advance and I'll be sure to share the love.

haymond#AC says:

pool party invite please http://scr.im/rozh

some00 says:

Can i PLEASE get a Pool Party Invite as well?
THANKs in advance...

matt8poi says:

if anyone has an invite I would love one. just got a nexus s 4g today!

matt8poi @ gmail.com

granthewitt says:

If anyone has a pool party invite left please consider Grant.hewitt@gmail.com

snakedoohh says:

An invite to Google+ as well as Pool Party would be awesome. hexamethylendiamin@gmail.com

Thx in advance.

mitchR@pp says:

I would love a pool party invite if anyone has one and would be willing to send me one.

Bucketofried says:

Would love a pool party invite Matt.s.hall@gmail.com have google+ access but not sure if they are sending out any invites... But I can try.

joker3 says:

i would appreciate an invite to pool party, also if anyone needs a plus invite send me an email...