Google Plus Now Open To Public

After nearly 90 days testing with a limited number of people, Google Plus social network is now open to public. The service was previously available by invitation only.  Now, you no longer need a Google Plus invite to sign up for this popular social network.

Google has listed a lot of features that should get new users excited about the service.  It introduced a number of new features on Google Plus particularly on the video chat ‘Hangout’ feature.  Google Plus users will now have the ability to use Hangout on an Android device running version 2.3 or higher.  A new feature called “On Air” will allow Google Plus users to broadcast their hangouts to the public for anyone to watch.

Hangouts will also be opened up to screen sharing if you want to show off your photos, Sketchpad if you want draw together,  Google Docs if you want to present something with others, Named Hangouts if you want to join or create a public hangout about a certain topic.

The company has also created application programming interfaces to let third party software developers create their own applications that take advantage of Hangouts.

In addition to the various Hangouts-related features, Google Plus now also features a search option.  Users can type words into a Google Plus search box and find content they’re interested in and as well as people to connect to.

It will be very interesting to see if  Google Plus can get a larger following than Facebook now that anyone can sign up for it.

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