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If you're into social media and tech, you can't have missed the news that Google has sort-of-launched a beta for its new social network, Google+.

Like Facebook, the system allows users to add friends and share updates, photos, videos and links. Unlike Facebook, Google+ also offers Hangouts (group video chat), Circles (a better way of grouping your contacts) and Sparks (a not very well integrated way of subscribing to topics).

Google+ was originally opened up to a select bunch of übergeeks, who in turn started to invite friends onto the service. Then Google closed the invites system. So now it seems you just have to wait....

...Or do you?

I tested this method found via a friend on Google+ and it worked. Firstly, you need to know someone who's already on Google+. Then, get them to create a new Circle - it doesn't matter what it's called. Next, have your friend add you to the Circle, which you can do by inserting an email address and then a name. Finally, send an update to that Circle, checking the 'Also email x people not yet using Google+' checkbox before sending the update.

If everything goes according to plan, you should get an email from Google+ that includes a link to view the new update. Clicking the link takes you to a page that allows you to join the service immediately.

Google is currently throttling the number of people who can join via this method. Therefore, it may not work all the time. But keep trying and you should get lucky soon.

If you don't know anyone who's already on Google+, leave a comment below and I'll do my best to invite you when Google relaxes invitation controls. I can't guarantee that everyone will get an invitation but I'll do what I can.

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  • bustedsofas |
    06/07/11
    bustedsofas

    I would be delighted to get a Google+ invite and will pass the favour on. bustedsofas(at)gmail.com

  • minxing |
    06/07/11
    minxing

    I would like to try Google+. thanks. starsi1982(at)gmail.com

  • malcolm |
    06/07/11
    malcolm

    i would like one and will pass on - malcolm(dot)houston(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Chris Lauder |
    06/07/11
    Chris Lauder

    Adding me to Google+ would be great! :)

    Chrislauder@hotmail.co.uk

  • luis |
    06/07/11
    luis

    I would like to try Google+. thanks. luisgonzalezr2000(at)gmail.com

  • John |
    06/07/11
    John

    Thanks! I would love to get in and test drive Google+ jtrue75(at)gmail.com

  • Friend |
    06/07/11
    Friend

    kirill.v.kuznetsov(at)gmail.com

    Thanks!

  • Doug Erickson |
    06/07/11
    Doug Erickson

    Please add me if you can: erickson_d (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • akshay.v.hiremth |
    06/07/11
    akshay.v.hiremth

    I would like to try Google+. thanks. akshayvhappolo1@gmail.com

  • Jeffro |
    06/07/11
    Jeffro

    I'd love to get in on Google+, heck I use all other Google products religiously! jpearso3 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks in advance!

  • KasiicXD |
    06/07/11
    KasiicXD

    I want an invite - kasiicxd(at)gmail.com

  • Kenn Agata |
    06/07/11
    Kenn Agata

    Thank you for the opportunity of the possibility to be amongst the first of the general public to get to play with this new tool.

    Sincerely,

    Kenn bayside2842@gmail.com

  • Drew |
    06/07/11
    Drew

    Please Add afoullke(at)gmail.com

  • Johan |
    06/07/11
    Johan

    I would appreciate an invitation! johan.haataja(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Jawy |
    06/07/11
    Jawy

    imjawy@gmail.com thanks!

  • William Dickerson |
    06/07/11
    William Dickerson

    I would appreciate an invite.

    Thank you.

    williamdickerson@gmail.com

  • Braveheart |
    06/07/11
    Braveheart

    I would like to try Google+, thank you in advance!

  • Felix |
    06/07/11
    Felix

    Google+ is the reason why i never opened a Fb account, please add me!!!

    Felix felix.rivas3@gmail.com

  • tim |
    06/07/11
    tim

    It would be greatly appreciated. tim.obara(at)gmail.com THANKS.

  • Janene |
    06/07/11
    Janene

    I would like a google+ invite janeneunruh@gmail.com

  • Mae |
    06/07/11
    Mae

    I would love an invite too. Thanks so much! maesixteenth(at)gmail.com

  • Darryl |
    06/07/11
    Darryl

    Please and thank you.

    darryl.stal@gmail.com

  • Nathaniel Maloney |
    06/07/11
    Nathaniel Maloney

    Please invite!!! Nathanielmaloney at the google mail!

  • Cody |
    06/07/11
    Cody

    I would love to be added! onelegtwoshoes(@)gmail.com or codyreese(@)me.com

  • CJ |
    06/07/11
    CJ

    need an invite have to get my hands on this asap please invite me evilmonkey692@gmail.com Please

  • matt palmer |
    06/07/11
    matt palmer

    Would love an invite

    mattpalmer1(at)gmail.com

    Many thanks

  • Rich Sajdak |
    06/07/11
    Rich Sajdak

    I would very much like to try Google+. Thanks in advance. rsajdak@gmail.com

  • Rhonda Holcombe Brantley |
    06/07/11
    Rhonda Holcombe Brantley

    I run a boutique social media company at SocialMediaPlace.net and have questions from clients wanting to know more. Can't tell them much and would appreciate an invite to get geared up and ready. Thanks much for any consideration.

  • ryan |
    06/07/11
    ryan

    invite please!!!!!!!!! the7humpedcamel(at)gmail.com thanks!

  • Felix |
    06/07/11
    Felix

    Google+ is the reason why i never opened a Fb account, please add me!!!

    Felix

    felix.rivas3@gmail.com

  • Tam Huynh |
    06/07/11
    Tam Huynh

    would an invite please and thanks sensei0taku08@gmail.com

  • Jeremy cason |
    06/07/11
    Jeremy cason

    I would like an invite to google + jpcason(at)gmail.com Thx

  • Patrick |
    06/07/11
    Patrick

    I really appreciate your offer and would love an invite when you get the time and opportunity. Thanks winterschladen(at)gmail.com

  • Jean Junca |
    06/07/11
    Jean Junca

    I like the google products and would appreciate an invite.

    Thanks.

  • Susan Gautsch |
    06/07/11
    Susan Gautsch

    susangautsch@gmail.com please and thank you.

  • Susan Gautsch |
    06/07/11
    Susan Gautsch

    susangautsch@gmail.com please and thank you.

  • ady |
    06/07/11
    ady

    Invite please ady.b412@gmail.com

  • Gerardo Hernandez |
    06/07/11
    Gerardo Hernandez

    my ID is ghernagon@gmail.com can you send me an invite? Thanks a lot

  • Gary K. Scott |
    06/07/11
    Gary K. Scott

    Hi There:

    I am a paying Google Customer for Storage and use Gmail, Picasa and Documents and have for years.

    Why doesn't Google send invites to existing PAYING CUSTOMERS FIRST??

    Any help appreciated,

    Gary garykscott@gmail.com

  • TK |
    06/07/11
    TK

    Please add tkollur09@gmail.com

  • Quentin Lawson |
    06/07/11
    Quentin Lawson

    Please get me invited to Google+

    --Quentin Lawson qlaw@cris.com

  • Bill |
    06/07/11
    Bill

    will.j.stephens@gmail.com Please.

  • Bruce |
    06/07/11
    Bruce

    Please Add me stoneipaman@gmail.com

    Thanks

  • Jeff Moranville |
    06/07/11
    Jeff Moranville

    An invite to Google+ would be cool. jeff(dot)moranville(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks!

  • garrett allen |
    06/07/11
    garrett allen

    Please invite me! Garrettallen22@gmail.com

  • Dawn |
    06/07/11
    Dawn

    I would love to get a google + invite

  • Pierre Porter |
    06/07/11
    Pierre Porter

    invite please psporter21@gmail.com thank you

  • abe |
    06/07/11
    abe

    Storycome1@live.com Thx.

  • Kimberlee |
    06/07/11
    Kimberlee

    Yes please! kpuls1@gmail.com

  • arm |
    06/07/11
    arm

    Will appreciate an invite thx

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