“What do people talk about on Google+?” goes a question in a current Xtranormal animation on YouTube.
The answer: “Google+.”
There’s a reason: Those of us fortunate few who actually have Google+ memberships can’t talk to most people we know because they aren’t there and we can’t invite them. The only thing we have in common with most other Google+ users is the service itself.
The dearth of invitations is beginning to aggravate members and nonmembers alike, and wasn’t helped much when Google briefly lifted the ban Wednesday evening. Very briefly–as one Google+ member put it, you “had to be present to win.” I went from being apparently the only Minda in the whole service to one of two. Other than that not much seems to have changed.
Invitations again opened up on Thursday but people have been slow to sign up and social cirlces, as Google + calls them, remains limited.
Meanwhile the frustrations of excluded users have led to fake Google+ scams, and even people selling invites on eBay. How long can things go on this way before users get bored and go back to Facebook?
I give it about a week.
Read commentary from two frustrated Google+ users at and PCZDNet.