1. BLiNK's Avatar
    Google+ now open to everyone: Live broadcasts, hangouts on your phone, search | 9to5Google | Beyond Good and Evil

    Google rolled out nine new features pertained to its social thing dubbed Google+. Per the official blog post by Googles head of engineering Vic Gundotra, the service is no longer in limited beta. Beginning today, everyone can join the party at google.com/+ no invitation required. Yes, Facebooks worst nightmare comes true just three months following the services introduction.

    Next up, Googles search expertise comes to Google+. The big search box now returns relevant people, posts and web content. The popular Hangout feature has gotten lots of enhancements. For example, developers can now take advantage of the new Google+ Hangouts APIs to write more integrated, immersive apps. Google-created Hangout extras (still rough around the edges) include screensharing, sketchpad, Google Docs integration and named hangouts. Give it a try by clicking the Try Hangouts with extras link in the green room.

    Even more interesting, it is now possible to broadcast a hangout for the world wide web to see. They call it Hangouts on Air and even though you can broadcast and record your session, theres still that nagging nine-per-hangout limit. Of course, an unlimited number of people can be spectators of your live broadcast.

    Another cool addition: You can join a hangout from your mobile phone, by finding an active hangout in the Stream of the Google+ app and tapping Join. This works on Android 2.3+ phones with front-facing cameras, but Google said iOS support is coming soon. The aforementioned features will be rolling out globally over the next day (not days, per usual), Google said.

    Google released the Hangout API for developers as well.

    Last, but not the least, Dave Girouard, a Google Apps guy, announced on Twitter that Google+ is coming to business and education customers soon, indicating that Google+ will be rolled out to Google Apps users. New stuff on G+ today that biz/edu will love! Working hard to bring G+ to Google Apps in the very near future!, his tweet reads. In our opinion, this could be a game-changer in the social media landscape, probably putting Facebook on the defensive especially when Google begins selling and promoting Google+ apps on the Apps Marketplace.
    it's about time. i was thinking of ditching it for good
    09-20-2011 01:23 PM
  2. Omnomnomkimiiee's Avatar
    Ah, finally. It was fun being a beta tester, but it really limited the amount of people using it, to a desert-type of emptiness. Let's see how it'll fare with the general public

    Sent from my magical mobile device.
    09-20-2011 01:48 PM
  3. Jeremy's Avatar
    This is great to see. Finally we may start seeing more non-tech people join in on the conversations. Maybe even steal some Facebook users.
    09-21-2011 10:55 AM
  4. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    Now the race is for who makes the native iPad app first. G+ or FB
    09-21-2011 11:08 AM
  5. Kdan Mobile's Avatar
    Great news! Just wondering when it will allow business accounts.
    09-27-2011 02:28 AM
  6. Mella's Avatar
    09-27-2011 03:52 AM
  7. zeehu's Avatar
    Is it just me or is the new FB app confusing. G+ much better.
    10-21-2011 12:26 AM
  8. Garz's Avatar
    I quit G+. All of my friends abandonded it. Can't kill FB like FB killed MySpace.
    10-21-2011 01:30 AM
  9. cristalD's Avatar
    yes I agree Google + is Googles latest and so far most successful attempt to take on Facebook. As we know that Google has watched with increasing discomfort over the past number of years as Facebook has grown to become the worlds most visited website.
    10-23-2011 11:06 PM