Google+, A Programmer’s First Experience (Loaded with Screenshots)

This morning I woke up to a Google+  invite in my inbox and even as I write this article I am trying it out for the first time. I’ll take you through my thoughts of the service as I experienced each of the features and try to focus on photos and technical details so you can draw your own conclusions.

 

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The Invite

 

The internet is abuzz with Google+ (not to be confused with Google Buzz… that was awful). First up, the invite email itself. It was a bit covert, not inviting me to do anything except “hang out.”

 

 

(I have blurred names and emails to protect the innocent).

 

 

 

The landing page, in typical Google fashion, was nicely designed and attractive. However this sort of “sketchy” design that was used seems a bit of a deviation from the clean hard lines we usually see, which to me indicates a nod to the fact that Google knows the demographic and purpose here are different than with other products. Naturally, it pre-filled my information from my gmail profile. Also, as a traveler, I appreciated the nod to the famous Karouac quotation (with the sample circle called “the mad ones.”)

 

 

 

 

When I hit the join button, I was prompted to link my Picasa account. I appreciated this because, all too often, Google does this automatically. The G is a giant with tons of web services and I would prefer to know when they are being interlinked as a user rather than being surprised by it.

 

 

 

Next up, I was taken to the thing I had actually been invited to: a “hangout.” Turns out, this was a video chat room. Rather uninteresting, if you ask me. Besides, I had started playing with Google+ instead of getting dressed or brushing my hair, so I was not quite in the mood to be in a video chat. I was amused that Google told  me to check my hair, though. The dropshadow under the window turned out to be consistent throughout the site, which proved a nice graphical touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Profile

 

After canceling the hangout, I was ejected from the page. Um, WHAT??

I had to spend a minute or two looking for the Google+ home page before I finally arrived at my newly-created profile. Once I arrived there, though, there were lots of pretty shiny things to click on.

 

 

 

One of the main things I use Facebook for these days is sharing pictures of my travels so my family and friend can keep up with where I am at (since I move countries every month or so as I work). So I decided to open up the photo sharing section and create an new album…

 

 

So far, so good. I didn’t bother with the Circles bit just yet and simply created a new album.

 

 

As to be expected, the uploader was smooth and seamless. No sooner had I created the album than I was asked to share it, but I suppose that is the point of a social network. I just hope I don’t get this window every time. Still, it looked good and was easy to use.

 

 

Finally, I arrived at the album page – which had some nice effects, like the pop-out effect you see here on mouseover. Photos could not be dragged to re-order (what? why not?)

 

 

 

Clicking on a photo led to a beautiful full-screen slideshow view that let me write comments and flip through the album. Unfortunately it did not play perfectly nicely with Firefox on Mac OSX, but it wasn’t too big of a deal.

 

 

 

When I clicked on “My Albums” on the left side, I found a collection of albums pulled from my Picasa and Blogger profiles. If I had ever bothered to really use either of these, this would have been nice. Instead, I found myself deleting a bunch of junk. I’ll give credit, though: Google made me want to curate my albums in order to make my profile better.

 

The very cool mouseover effect here is worth mentioning – notice how the photos in the China album fan out when I hover over the album:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Groups! Er, I mean, Circles!

 

Okay, so having explored and been duly impressed by the photo capacities of Google+, it was time to move on to the big bread-and-butter feature everyone is talking about: circles!

 

 

Some of the recommendations at the top of the screen were a bit odd, but that’s more my fault for having a cluttered gmail contact list (3,500+ at last count).

 

As others have pointed out before me, the animations when interacting with circles are simply great. It was a very smart move by Google to pay so much attention to this bit of UI. Again, like with photos, I don’t mind curating my circles… to an extent. I added a few members and created a new circle, but had no desire to go through my thousands of contacts and organize every one. I have to imagine that I will use this part of the site intermittently as I feel the need.  For example, I don’t need to find each one of my friends right now… but later on, if I  want to share an album with all my friends, circles are a great way to do it.

 

Let me point out that this depends entirely on how well the circles are integrated into the rest of the user experience. When I’m about to share an album, if I can add a user to a circle and share the album with that circle in the same place then I will be infinitely more likely to use circles as an organizational technique. If Google pulls this one off correctly, then circles will not only be useful but easy and widely adopted.

 

I did fill out my list of family members and at least a few of my friends. I would have gone further, but the fact was that searching through so many contacts is tedious. This is why my above point about being able to add contacts to circles as-needed when doing something else is so important. If it suddenly occurs to me I forgot a good friend, it is important that I can add him on the spot rather than flipping around. Finally, Google’s sense of humor is evident (as usual):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Favorite Feature

 

So, sometimes I’m a little vain. Aren’t we all. When I returned to the profile page I had the opportunity to fill it out a bit more. It has space for bragging rights, linked websites (which it automatically populates with FavIcons), nicknames (where did it get my nickname of “inZania”? I didn’t fill it in). But by far, my favorite feature was the ability to list the places where I have lived. I pride myself, as a traveler, in living in different countries rather than simply visiting them. This played to my vanity and easily let me share my locations.

 

 

Sharing something onto my stream was also a wonderful experience. Links were auto-detected, I was able to tell it to include my geographic location (which it automatically detected), and most important of all it required me to select who I wanted to share with (circles, etc). Clearly Google is trying to make good of its promise to make sure that this site has all of the privacy that Facebook lacks. In fact, it is not so much about the privacy itself, but making people aware of who can see something. The whole site is built from the perspective of “let’s take the one thing Facebook does terribly wrong and build a network on that.” Thus, we have circles.

 

 

 

Of course, there are errors and problems. The first time I tried to update my profile I failed because I used the format “Aug 2009″ instead of “2009.” I received an ambiguous error and the whole form was reset, forcing me to do it again. There are certain parts of the site that just don’t seem to work, and sometimes I get failure errors. As a whole, though, the site seems quite polished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Google+ is bringing together many different aspects and services of Google. I might (just might) be actually tempted to click on the +1 button now that it appears in my Google+ profile and stream. I’m still not very interested in Buzz (even though it appears in my profile) but we’ll see. Everything is smoothly integrated into one place, from Google Chat to the notification center in the upper right. I wonder if I will be able to access my gmail and iGoogle widgets from Google+? If so, then it could provide a one-stop-shop for everything and take over as my browser homepage (something Facebook never had a chance at doing). One thing I have to be thankful for in that Google+ works well internationally because it remembers my Google settings. No other company could manage this.

 

Overall, like any social network, the #1 determining factor will be adoption. If my friends use it, I will use it. But adoption is based upon a good user experience and a service that solves a problem, and to my surprise Google+ seems to be accomplishing just that (I actually did not expect to like it). As usual, XKCD said it best.

 

What do you think? Will you jump ship onto +1? Or is it going to go the way of Google Buzz, Wave, and whatever other products the big G has (failed) to launch recently?

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Zane Claes
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  • http://www.QuasiPreneur.com QuasiPreneur

    send me an invite? :) QuasiPreneur at gmail.com good karma would come to you!!

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Would that I could! I tried to send one to a friend and it said that it was not enabled yet :(

      • Christopherbon

        Zane…I love your blog…you are the Shakespeare of the blogosphere…now, ahem…any chance of an invite? christopherbon gmail

        • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

          Hah! Thanks! You sure know how to flatter :)

          Missed this email somehow. Yours is going out in the next batch (soon, I promise).

          • Jain Cooldude

            Could you please send me an invite @ jain.cooldude@gmail.com

          • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

            On its way.

          • Karkunas

            karkunas@gmail.com thank you!

          • Lockersk

            hi zane! Your post is very good. I also love to try google + and would greatly appreciate ifyou invite me an invitation, thank you very much! lockersk@gmail.com

          • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

            Thanks! Invite on the way.

  • http://www.bradgoetsch.com bradgoetsch

    I would love an invite brad.goetsch [at] gmail.com, thanks

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      I added you to my list of people to invite (see my current Twitter status pic for why I cannot invite right now). I’ll let you know as soon as I can!

  • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

    It occurred to me after
    posting this that Google+ is essentially stealing what was ORIGINALLY
    Facebook’s business model (but which has been abandoned): exclusivity

  • http://yardie.myopenid.com/ Joe Chin

    This product looks like it’s really going to give Facebook a run for their money. Send me an invite when you can joe@joechin.com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Indeed, it just might. The next month will be very interesting to watch!
      I’ve added you to the list of people I will send to ASAP, Joe, so look out for it as soon as they allow us to send invites :)

      • http://yardie.myopenid.com/ Joe Chin

        Hi Zane, I didn’t realize it only works for Gmail and not google apps accounts. can you send one to josephchin1 [at] gmail.com 

  • http://snapshotpoetry.wordpress.com Leah D. H.

    Thank you for this very in-depth review! Great to get an inside look at it. I’ll admit I was skeptical at first (I always am) but I have changed my opinion to cautiously positive now. Like you say, it’s all about adoption; much as facebook is not my favorite thing in the world, I have too many people there I want to keep track of to leave it completely yet. I’ll probably make an account if/when I get an invite and wait to see how many of my friends migrate over as well. It looks to me like a better-functioning, privacy-aware, streamlined, uncluttered “version” of facebook, so I hope it takes off. It could be pretty great if it does — and if Google does right by its users.

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Yep! The more I play with it, the more I like it. I just noticed a slick sidebar on the main page that encourages you to slowly go through your friends and put them into circles. Also, I headed to Picasa to find that my albums match my G+ albums now. All good things.

      But the stream still feels like a ghosttown… if only I could hand out invites!

  • http://www.techdisruptive.com Mike Bestvina

    Great post! 

    I totally agree with your favorite feature. The old adage of “where are you from” is no longer valid in a global community now. I’ve lived in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Germany and now London. People always ask me “Why?” and I don’t really have an explanation. Most Americans don’t do this. I have friends all over the world now and love it. How did you enjoy your time in Stockholm by the way? Great place…been many times. Lots of nice things to “look at” ;)

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Haha yeah, I think that Google figured out that we’re all a little vain. That’s kind of the point of social networks, to keep in touch by showing off.

      Stockholm was great – a touch cold for me, but I guess I’ve been spoiled by the better part of a decade in the Mediterranean / Southern California. I’ll be heading to South America when the weather here turns cold…

  • Nikolay Blagoev

    Thank you for the great review! May I get an invite? nikolay.blagoev@gmail.com

    Btw, here is a post that explains how to invite people by email after Google shutdowned the invite service – https://plus.google.com/114202150062599138446/posts/eL4p15Hv1JT

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      I just tried it out… if it worked, you should have received an email. Let me know!

      • http://twitter.com/nikoblag Nikolay Blagoev

        Yep! It worked :) Thank you very much

        • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

          Perfect! For anybody else looking to get in on the action, make sure to send me your gmail address. You can use the contact form in the About Me section (right side bar) of this website. I’ll get to you as soon as you can.

          I’d appreciate it if you follow/like/share this blog in return ;)

      • David Hulbert

        Any chance of an invite to dave1010 at gmail.com? Cheers!

        • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

          Sent

  • Lasse

    Great review, can’t wait to get started with this!

    If possible, it would be awsome with an invite :)

    lasse.soberg [at] gmail.com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Thanks! Invitation has been sent!

  • http://twitter.com/fchollet François Chollet

    Sounds awesome, thanks for sharing! I keep hearing the same stuff about Google+, but now it’s nice to see what it actually *looks* like.

    Oh, by the way, would have an invite for me? I would *love* to try this out… :-)

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Thanks :) Yeah, the lack of screenshots was my main gripe with most articles.

      I need your gmail address in order to share, as per the comments below ;)

      • http://twitter.com/fchollet François Chollet

        Great, thank you so much :-)
        francois.chollet at gmail ;-)

        • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

          Shared! Don’t forget to FB Like me, blah blah plug plug ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/clegginabox Paul Clegg

    Awesome review. I think it has a real chance to challenge Facebook. Especially as there will no doubt be some integrating with YouTube and the fact that you can “like” (+1) websites straight from the SERP pages. (Only with Chrome at the moment) Looks like I’m the first to +1 your site anyway. Be interesting to see how this turns out.

    If you have any invites spare I’d appreciate it! pclegg [at] gmail.com

    Cheers!

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Thanks, Paul, both for the kind words and the +1. I suppose I need to add +1 onto my site now, eh?

      Anyway, invite sent!

      • http://www.facebook.com/clegginabox Paul Clegg

        It wouldn’t be a bad idea! Thanks for the invite – says they are closed for now but should hopefully be able to sign up later.

        Glad I found your blog actually, it’s pretty interesting – bookmarked for later reading

        • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

          Hm, does the email look like the screenshot I posted here? I clicked on the first link.

          Some have said that these invites are limited in per-the-hour capacity, so perhaps you’ll have to try the link again soon…

          • http://www.facebook.com/clegginabox Paul Clegg

            I see – http://www.bluehoop.co.uk/images/googleplus.jpg

            Clicking the “view or comment” link just gives me a 404

          • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

            Someone else just told me the same thing. It looks like Google is throttling the speed of acquisition, so I’d keep trying it every so often. People have gotten through as recently as a few minutes ago so I don’t think it is completely broken, just throttled.

          • http://www.facebook.com/clegginabox Paul Clegg

            Thanks, I’ll keep trying

          • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

            Someone else just told me the same thing. It looks like Google is throttling the speed of acquisition, so I’d keep trying it every so often. People have gotten through as recently as a few minutes ago so I don’t think it is completely broken, just throttled.

  • http://twitter.com/redcrew DeborahEdwards-Onoro

    Thanks for the quick response, but it looks like the Google+ invites have been shut down- by Google. http://phandroid.com/2011/06/30/google-invite-feature-has-been-shut-down-vic-gundotra-speaks/

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      The method currently being used to invite, as described in the comments below, is not the actual invite button on Google+, but a different mechanism. A few users of this site got invites from me within the last few minutes and they appeared to work, so I believe it is continuing to work as of now…

  • http://profiles.google.com/stevoo82 Stelios Philippou

    sign me up pleASE ! 
    I need an invite … google you are killing us … set the beast free … lol 

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Sent!

  • Zackery T. Keys

    XKCD pretty much sums it up for me. I’ve found myself increasingly meh toward everything facebook and I’m just about done with it. I’m dying to get my hands on this service and start messing around with it. Don’t suppose you have any more of those invites?

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Haha yea, XKCD always seems to be spot on :) Invite sent!

      • Zackery T. Keys

        Thank you sir. Things are apparently down at the moment (google seems to be scrambling to contain the spread of their service :p) but I look forward to getting my hands on it.

  • GooglePlus

    Your review is making me even more curious than I was before. Keen to try it here in Germany.
    Invite me, pleeeeaZe
    Karl

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Happy to invite, but you need to send you gmail address to me as per my instructions in the tweet (just use the Contact Me form on the About page) otherwise I have no way to do so! If you sent it already, disregard this ;)

  • Michael Moufarrij

    I must agree with Zackery! I’m dying to delete my Facebook account and try this too. Are there any invites left?

    • Michael Moufarrij

      michaelmoufarrij [at] gmail [dot] com

      • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

        Coming your way momentarily ;)

  • Charles Mote Jr

    Thanks for the review. I, for one, welcome our new Web 3.0 overlords. Gmail user since ’05 and on the waiting list for +.

    I have to recommend Brazil for your travels, particularly Fortaleza (extensive Linux hacker crowd there.)

    Appreciate an invite: charliemote (gmail, ‘natch).

    http://sites.google.com/site/charliemote/

    Thanks e boa viagem!

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Thanks for the kind words and suggestion, Charles! I’m headed to South America in September, probably Chile or Argentina first as I already speak Spanish and want to polish it. But after perhaps I’ll learn Portuguese ;)

      Invite coming your way momentarily

  • Rideonthespiral

    Thanks for the great review! Since I can’t seem to find an invite anywhere, this is the second best thing. It’s nice to see some pictures as well :)

    Since I’m here, I might as well beg for an invite. I would really appreciate one – rideonthespiral(gmail.com) 

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Coming your way shortly ;)

  • Jeevan

    Well, I hate to be the latest random online person to ask for an invite but… :(

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      No problem, but I need you to send me your gmail address through the contact form in the About Me page!

  • http://www.ubojan.com/ Bojan

    one invite for me pls? ubojan at gmail dot com

  • http://www.ubojan.com/ Bojan

    one invite for me pls? ubojan at gmail dot com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Coming your way momentarily ;)

  • http://www.ubojan.com/ Bojan

    one invite for me pls? ubojan at gmail dot com

  • Will

    Great review!!! Nice blog also ^^
    Can’t wait to try it out and get the hell out of fb jajaj :)
    If you could add me to your invites list, would be awesome ^^
    waps77 at gmail.com

  • Will

    Great review!!! Nice blog also ^^
    Can’t wait to try it out and get the hell out of fb jajaj :)
    If you could add me to your invites list, would be awesome ^^
    waps77 at gmail.com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Thanks for the compliments! Invite on its way.

  • Will

    Great review!!! Nice blog also ^^
    Can’t wait to try it out and get the hell out of fb jajaj :)
    If you could add me to your invites list, would be awesome ^^
    waps77 at gmail.com

  • Will

    Great review!!! Nice blog also ^^
    Can’t wait to try it out and get the hell out of fb jajaj :)
    If you could add me to your invites list, would be awesome ^^
    waps77 at gmail.com

  • http://bradshawenterprises.com Richard Bradshaw

    Nice to see a pretty comprehensive write up – lots of sites are just talking about the demo, without any insight about what’s inside. Can’t wait till we all get to see what it’s like!

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Yeah, that’s why I decided to focus on screenshots here. I had read lots of fairly hollow reviews unsupported by anything to really explain the author’s opinions to me ;)

  • Glen Stansberry

    Excellent writeup! I’ve been looking for an in-depth review from a skeptic and not a fanboy. Well done.

    Might I snag an invite, if they’re available as well? 

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Thanks, glad to deliver ;)

      Invite should be sent! I just sent out a lot and I’m hearing that Google is quite over-capacity at the moment, so you might need to keep hammering the servers.

  • Mike Rogers

    Would love an invite as well: mikerogerz [at] gmail.com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Invite sent!

  • Andrew Wong

    Great article Zane.  What happens to contacts that are not explicitly put into circles.  Do they fall into the everyone category? 

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    P.S. Would appreciate an invite too andrewwong1221 on gmail

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      This is actually pretty interesting. There is a tab/selection for “people in my circles” as well as “find and invite”. When I go to share, aside from selecting specific people/circles, I can choose “public” or “people in my circles” in general, as well as “extended circles” (??)

      Invite sent, btw ;)

  • Wlindner522

    This sounds really cool!  Do you have any other invites?

    wlindner522 [on] gmail

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Sent!

  • Ravenedge

    Thanks for the concise walk through.  After reading your commentary I think this is something I would use more then I thought i would.  Any chance I can snag an invite if you still have any available?  Would be greatly appreciated..   ravenedge at gmail

    • ravenedge

      Any way I can +1 your review? :)

      • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

        Thanks for making me get on this – the +1 button should now appear at the top of each post ;)

        • ravenedge

          haha thanks! +1’ed!
          Any chance i can get an invite?

          • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

            Should be in your inbox now :)

          • ravenedge

            Hey just wondering….. has anyone heard if google is delaying invites that are sent out because of mass influx?  

  • Anonymous

    Hey Zane,

    long time no see (highschool). Nice article. Just wondering if you saw any way to access gmail through google+ like a widget or something. I see the chat widget (which I don’t understand because they have huddle now for phones? Why make 2?) but no gmail.

    Cheers, nice site by the way.

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Hey! Not quite sure who this is, since your email is a bit ambiguous ;) Feel free to shoot me one via the contact form (on the about page) though, I’d love to be in touch.

      I wish we could get to GMail through Google+, too. That was one of my first complaints that I noticed after pushing publish on this post. If it were possible, Google+ would be my one stop shop homepage for the internet.

      Thanks for the compliment!

  • Jim Verlander

    Nice writeup, thanks. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the Sparks feature, have you had a chance to use it? Would love an invite if not much trouble. Thanks.

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Sending one your way now. As for Sparks… well, it seems like it could provide an interesting news source. Frankly, at the moment, it isn’t very compelling to me… but that may be because I have not yet tailored it well. I already have lots of news sources that force-feed me tons of relevant stuff (podcast subs, RSS feeds, etc etc etc)…

  • Tobias

    I’d like an invite if possible :)

    geekthe2nd [a t] gmail com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Sent!

      • Tobias

        Thanks alot!

  • Refiler

    And invite would be appreciated: http://scr.im/iov or refiler [on] gmail

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Sent!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been hearing very good things, I just haven’t gotten an invite yet to see it for myself.

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Sent :)

      • Anonymous

        Very cool, thanks so much!

  • Zen

    Could I have an invite kind sir?
    http://scr.im/2auw

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Done :)

  • Paulo Schlup

    Great analysis Zane!

    Google+ has a feedback button in the bottom right corner BTW!

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Yeah, it seems mostly for problems as they ask for a screencap… as soon as I have an error I’ll use it ;)

  • http://www.paulwoodphotography.net Paul

    Excellent review, I’ve +1’d it. Looking forward to when I can get in. That being said, you could help me get in with an invite! :)  pnjwood at gmail com

  • Bahaula

    Well good sir i would also like an invite. If you can, drop one here bahaula at gmail dot com please. :)

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Sent last night, by the way :)

  • Dave Jarvis

    great post! would love a invite zane! really need to start testing this out. darkclownxx@gmail.com x

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Sent last night, by the way :)

      • Danton1123

        I’m at work right now and should be working but I would very much like an invite. Great review by the way. You wet my appetite even more.    Please send me an invite at danton1123 AT gmail.com

        • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

          On its way :)

  • tester

    Could i have an invite before leaving facebook ? : http://scr.im/2av5
    Thx!

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Done!

  • Chris Ward

    Your writeup got me excited to try this out! Could I get an invite too?
    Gmail: chrisw1229
    Thanks for sharing!

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Done ;)

  • Chris Ward

    Your writeup got me excited to try this out! Could I get an invite too?
    Gmail: chrisw1229
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Rad Gon

    Could it be I didn’t arrive too late? If there are invitations left, I would love to have one:

    rgradgon987 at googlemail.com

    Thanks.

    Btw.: Is it all done in JavaScript? Any idea if/what framework they are using?

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Sent.

      As for your question… well naturally its “done in Javascript.” JS and HTML5 are the only ways to create rich/dynamic client-side web interfaces (excepting the awfulness that is Flash). I have to imagine they did as much as they could in HTML5 and fell back on JS for reverse compatibility, as most websites do these days. Looking at the source of the page, there certainly is a lot of JS. As for how they wrote it, its tough to call. For example, its been years since I used google gears but if I remember right it has a built in Java engine that then “compiles” (heh) into JS. This is not to say that they used gears, but rather that I am unsure if we can know what tools they used to build the final product as we see it. I think there is some discussion going on in HN on this subject though.

  • Martha

    This looks promising..would really appreciate an invite if you have one..thanks kittie0816@gmail.com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Should be sending now :)

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  • Vin

    Looks great…can anyone help me out with an invite?  Thanks!  zambizzi@gmail.com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      On its way!

  • The Evil One

    When I heard about it I thought it would be MySpace 2.0, but it kinda looks like a better Facebook.
    Any chance of getting an invite?
    http://scr.im/2b0z

  • Allen

    Looks good in beta at the moment, would love to try it out and possibly invite friends to it, if you could, please send me a invite: allenwc3@gmail.com

    Thanks!

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Invite sent :)

  • Allenwce

    Looks like this could compete with facebook, could you send me and my friend an invite?

    allenwc3 (at) gmail (dot) com
    zayasoowhoa (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks!

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Invite sent!

  • Anoop

    Hi Zane, your blog is tempting me to try Google+ , if you have any invites left, send an invite  to anoop.phpdev@gmail.com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      Invite sent!

      • Anoop

        Thanks for the invite, Zane.

  • chrislev

    great review
    Zane, i would LOVE an invite please o please!!
    chriskleavitt@gmail.com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      On its way!

  • Hugin Knudsen

    Do you by any chance have an invite left? I’d love one!

  • Max Hydrogen

    Salut Zane,

    Pourrai-je être invité? max.hydrogen@gmail.com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      bien sûr! desolee por faire-la tarde ;)

  • Joshua B Sheets

    awesome post!! any chance I could get an invite?

  • Hexor47

    Hi Zane. Really nice post, many interesting information about plus, thanks!

    If you still has invites, I’d be very happy if you could send me one :) hexor47@hotmail.com

    • http://LifeByExperimentation.com Zane the Experimenter

      I need your gmail address, not a hotmail address ;)

      Check out http://StartGooglePlus.com to get a fast invite

  • http://twitter.com/necpd Daniel Peter

    i would like to have one! =)
    claynec[@Floski:disqus ]gmail.com
    thank you =]

  • User

    wlannan(at)gmail.com if you feel generous :o)

    THANKS

    • User

      Excellent article BTW … seriously.

  • ALONSO jOSE PENA

    please send me an invite i will appreciate it a lot thankS thankS 

    Acproductions05@GMAIL.COM

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