Update: And ... they've disappeared again.

And there you have it, folks. No longer are the cool kids quite as cool as they were a week ago. Google+ invites are back, and you can have a friend invite you. And be sure to snag the Android app.

As Google's Dave Besbris recently posted:

Hey Google+ folks!

As I bet you've noticed, we are facing pretty incredible demand for Google+ invites.

As Engineering Director of Google+, I wanted to take a moment to explain why we're growing the system slowly. First, we want to make sure our infrastructure scales so the service remains fast and reliable. Second, we want to ensure that bugs are fixed while there are still a relatively few people in the field trial.

Things are going well with the systems right now so we feel comfortable enough to open up invites for a brief period. Our goal is to double the user base in the field trial. (Sorry, we're not giving details about how many folks are in the field trial yet).

So, in a few minutes, we'll open up invites again.

We continue to throttle invites, so please don't mass invite folks as it won't work. If you invite a handful of your most important friends and family you're much more likely to get these folks into our system.

Thanks again for providing so much wonderful feedback!

Note that Dave says they're throttling invites. So if you can't get in immediately, check back. And in the meantime, be sure to check out our complete walkthrough of Google+ for Android. Download links are after the break.

Source: Dave Besbris
More:; via @GooglePlusTweet



Reader comments

Google+ invites return, but with a caveat


is it still by invite, I got in because I was invited but have a few friends and family that are faced with the same "Keep Me Posted" page..

Awww. Got my hopes up. First I get rejected by Now I'm getting rejected again by Google+. :(

So this is like the 4th site in 2 days to say it is open, only to find out it is not. One would think after the last few false starts, that this could be vetted a bit before announcing ...

Honestly, where do people come up with this stuff? This is like the 100th time I've heard "Google+ now open!" It's NOT open so stop teasing people who can't get in!!!!!!!

LIES!!! This 16 year old still can't get in because "You must be over a certain age to use this feature." huge google fail.

This blog post needs a completely new title. Google+ is NOT open to everyone right now.

After reading the entire blog post, it seems that is what you said, except for the first sentence.

I was able to log in from the main page but had gotten an invite before that. I never got an email saying I was invited but figured I would check the page anyway just in case. I think it only worked because of the invite though.

I don't think in any part of the post by Dave Besbris said Google+ is open to everyone, he simply said now you can invite others and if you already got invited, you can sign in and use Google+, i.e. you still need an invite but before this you can't get in even if you got an invite.

The original blog post was titled "Google+ open to everyone with a gmail address" which was correct for about 15 minutes, then Google closed it again. ;o)

The original blog post was titled "Google+ open to everyone with a gmail address" which was correct for about 15 minutes, then Google closed it again. ;o)

This is more of a let down than being a Mets fan. (family guy pun) hahaha. Seriously though. What a waste of adrenalin. I got so excited for nothing.... weak

I'm still not in either.... have I taught scores of educators how to use Google Docs,have a Google Voice but no invite...???

Those of you having trouble getting in....this is how I did it. Go to Google's twitter account, they announced Google+ is open again. Click on the link they provided in the tweet and you should be good.

google's twitter account? @google? No such tweet... unless they deleted it in the last 10 minutes I've been searching for it

They already turned it off, I invited bout 5 people and the invite icon went away after 10 mins.

Okay, I just did a Google search for it, sacrificed a chicken, spread the blood on my keyboard, made a deal with the devil and I was then able to get in.

No wait, that was Windows.

Damn it!

Well, I'm now getting that capacity exceeded thing so perhaps soon. When this eventually rolls out to everyone I'd hate to see Google + take a hit because of perpetual blue whale capacity issues. I'm hoping they do it right so we can all hangout.

Peas yo!

Did no one read the post before commenting? It says that "Invites" are back, you can invite people into the service again. So if you want in, you're going to need to get invited by someone who is already in.

Thank you J.Munoz

with this invite I will get in in no time THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!!! :-)
I am so excited
I have been dying to get invited

Thank you x 1,000,000,000!

Sorry for the confusion folks. We've significantly updated the post. The good news, I think, is that Google realizes how badly everybody wants in. Feel free to direct your hate this way while I sleep. :p

What a funny man, first you give us that horrible review of the Evo 3d, 2nd you get my hopes up on the update of my Galaxy tab on the 5 3rd the google+ and now you want to sleep

You can all stop posting invite requests. It appears as though both the window for new users and invitees has close. For how long, who knows...

Was your invite sent after the window closed? Obviously new folks can't get in directly but I'm trying to figure out if people are still able to send out invites.

I don't understand how Google thinks this is a good way to roll things out. You have a list of people that want in. So they pick a few off that list and let them in, then let those people invite others instead of letting more people in from the original list. Good to know that somebody from that select group can get their grandma in, but people who would actually use the service are left waiting. Awesome. :)

@jmb1981, so if they let in a hundred random people, who are they going to hang out with? A social service needs social circles for it to work, not complete strangers. I think Google is doing it right.

think the obsession with attaining google+ is driving people mad and once they finally get an invite they will be terribly disappointed and have nothing to look forward to anymore. to me its a game now trying to get an invite and in a sick way very fun. good luck to all

I'll try inviting as many as i can. Looks like Google+ closed the invites though. There used to be an invite button on my Google+ and its gone now.

I was able to get the comments you shared, but still unable to reply or get into the system. Keeping my fingers crossed however.

Please try and get me in however you can. My friend sent me an invite a week ago but it's STILL not working. Add me to your friends list and I'll send wet t-shirt pics (I'm a guy though)

Posting your email addresses on a publicly readable website is probably a bad idea. In the meantime, just be patient or PM your email address to someone who has a Google+ account.

Down again? I got an email from someone on here but when I sign in to google it still says its not available to everyone yet

Well I'm just getting the same as everyone else. The only change was it asked me to sign in, than the next page was the same as before, "Keep me posted". I want G+ :P

Just an FYI to people asking for invites, I was able to send out invites yesterday, today that function is gone off of my + account. So they may have already reached their magic number and shut it off again.

am kind of disappointed in Google. why isn't it open tot he public yet? why isn't it open worldwide? if this is their answer to facebook, this is not the way. it is clear that everybody wants in, but can't, because its in closed beta. didn't google learn from the nexus one fiasco.

My guess is that they aren't fully ready, want to make sure it doesn't explode in their face by running slow, lagging, crashing, etc, and that they didn't have enough time to get it up and running by the time FB went live.

I can sympathize with Google to make sure it's running properly before they unleash it to the world, but it's also very frustrating to hear that it's running, not running, open, not open, etc.

Well if anyone is feeling generous I would love a invite to the world of Google + pangui @ gmail

If there are anymore invites I would love one and greatly appreciate it.



Just worked for me. FYI, my invite was sent to me last night around 10pm and I just was able to get in now about 2:00 pm EST. I just went to every now and then today and it finally worked.

No permission to do my own invites though yet.