90 days after its limited launch, Google has finally opened Plus registration to the masses. Hype for the the service died down considerably after many users discovered that they could not join without an invite, but Google has still been working hard to improve the social network with additional features and better integration with other Google products. Hangouts can now be joined on-the-go via Android 2.3 devices, and an “on the air” option is available for broadcasting and recording Hangout sessions with others.
For the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal. We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce our 100th feature: open signups. This way anyone can visit google.com/+, join the project and connect with the people they care about.
We hope that Google hasn’t missed their window with the late public release of Plus, but now that it’s available to everyone, we’ll see if it lives up to its expectations as a Facebook-killer or becomes another failure like Wave.