Google Plus and the + on invite process, business, spam and fake names
Google Plus ready to accommodate more members, but server encountered a problem.
Google Plus, or Google+, the much talked about and obviously the biggest topic inside the tech world last week (and still this week) is ready to accept more members.
PopHerald’s editor Carlo Raphael Diokno confirmed via Google Plus that the invite link embedded inside the new social networking project is still available. However, Google Plus encountered a problem yesterday, which was confirmed by Google’s Senior Vice President of Social Vic Gundotra.
The Google VP has apologized via his Google Plus account after their servers “spammed” some Google Plus users on Saturday afternoon with multiple notification emails. Gundotra blamed the problem on shortage of disk space that tracks the social networking site’s notification system. He also thanked the current members of Google Plus, he said, “Thank you for helping us during this field trial, and once again, we are very sorry for the spam.”
Apparently, Google Plus community is growing fast knowing that the SNS was only launched last week, and the way it accepts members is by invitation process only. Sources say Google is currently serving at least 4.5 million Google Plus members, and the number is growing fast. Google’s Eric Schmidt also confirmed in an interview that Google Plus already attracted “millions” of users after a week.
In related news, Business Insider is reporting that Google is not into “fake” names inside its new social networking site. According to the report, one Google Plus field tester was suspended after using his “second life avatar” as his name in Google Plus. The suspended member blogged about the incident in Flickr, and posted Google’s response regarding the problem, saying that Google believes that the name used “violated” the community standard of Google Plus, and suggested the user to ”use the name that (he) commonly go by in daily life.”
So basically, Google hates fake names because they’re currently polishing their Google Profiles record that is scheduled to go public on July 31st, which is also the rumored date of Google Plus public registration launch. Google also warned businesses and brands that are using a “consumer” account to create their own identity inside Google Plus.
According to Google’s Product Manager Christian Oestlien, Google is focused on optimising the consumer experience on Google Plus, but they’re still not supporting optimized Google Plus service for business profiles. He also added that Google will be running “a small experiment with a few marketing partners to see the effect of including brands in the Google+ experience,” in the next coming months.