Those of you hammering Google with numerous Google+ invite requests are likely wasting your time. It seems that the Google+ servers–or at least the team members supporting the new social network and ironing out bugs–are exceeding their capacity. At least that’s what the Google+ join page is indicating.
HItting that link, you’ll be presented with a “keep me posted” button, which allows you to enter your name and email for future notifications about availability. Underneath it sits a note: “Already invited? We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.” So, not only are new invites for the reportedly small testing group on hold, apparently some people who have already been invited, most likely by friends rather than Google, are hitting a brick wall when they try to RSVP.
If adoption is Google’s primary hurdle in the social space, as many have indicated, I think it’s safe to say that they’re off to a hopeful start. Of course, the general public may be less interested in Google+ once they see it in action. But the hype surrounding Google’s new product seems to be growing rapidly. We could pan the concept of another big name social network in a seemingly saturated market, but Google is in a unique position to laso friends of friends into this thing. That appears to be happening already. And which of your friends doesn’t have a Google account? Many of us may be settled into Facebook and Twitter, but it wasn’t all that long ago when people took MySpace seriously. Well, some people. And if there’s one company in position to initiate a (emerald?) sea change in Internet user habits, it has to be Google.