How to invite your friends to Google+
It's the best social platform I've seen from Google so far; in fact, it's better than nearly every social platform out on the web today. Clearly, Google absorbed the painful lessons learned from prior experiments like Google Wave, Buzz and even Orkut, and applied that wisdom to building Google + into a very robust, solid experience. I'm very impressed and thoroughly enjoying this new application.
Accordingly, I am being flooded with requests for invites to help others join Google+ (Plus) http://Google.com/+. I've invited well over 200 people so far. Now, I want to share how to send Google+ invites with you.
Follow these steps below to begin sending Google+ invitations to your friends too:
Step 1. First, you must already have access to Google +. I know that might seem kinda obvious, but a few folks have tried and asked for my help who didn't already have access?! Be sure you're already logged in to Google+ on your desktop computer or laptop. (The invite process is similar using the Google+ android app.)
Step 2. Using the web Google + desktop application, select the "Share" button in the upper right.
Step 3. Write a note to your friend, e.g. Google+ invite for you! (this becomes the subject line of your invite email).
Step 4. Important! Remove the circles that appear by default, i.e. Public, Your circles, Extended circles. Select each one and click the little "x" that appears on the right. Now that you've removed all three, progress to the next step.
Step 5. Select "+ Add more people" to type in your friend(s) email address(es). Each time you enter an email address, it will appear in a small gray box (select that to confirm). Then it will appear as a blue button (similar to how "Your circles" appears below as a blue button. Once you've entered all the email addresses you want to send invites to, then click the "Share" button to send. You'll get a confirmation for successful send. That's it!
Be aware that Google + is gradually adding people. So your friends, may not gain immediate access. Be persistent and keep trying! It works eventually.
Now that you've sent your friends Google+ invites, you'll see them adding you to their circles (see notification area) after they login. Add them to your circles to "follow" them back. Next send them this blog post so they know how to send invites too! Oh, and connect with me on Google+ too.
Let me know if you have any problems following these steps above. I want to update it if there's anything that needs clarification. Be sure to leave a comment if you tried this and have any feedback.
Update 1 - based on reader feedback (thanks): You need to only send the invite 1 time. Recipients of your invites my get an email message back from Google indicating that they are limiting access, which means they won't be able to login just yet. KEEP TRYING anyway, it works eventually! :)
Update 2. It looks like Google might be holding invite emails back? Just got feedback from a Google+ user Nilay Shah -- "I tried a test post just now. No email received. But i guess the invite still gets listed with google. Some of my family members and friends didnt received an email but were able to login after sometime using their gmail ids."
Here's what a Google+ email invite looks like (mine).