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In case you haven’t heard: Google+ wants you — now

As of last night, the Google Doodle is a bold blue arrow inviting the masses to join Google+, the social network that was introduced in late June as a “field trial” that aimed to fix “awkward” online sharing. Users could join the project by invitation only, which made building one’s circles kind of dull. I was eager to be on the bleeding edge of this newest thing, and a well-connected friend scored me an invitation; however, it wasn’t until later that I could send my own. When I did, some of my friends hadn’t heard of Google+, and some of them had and didn’t care. Even so, in less than a month of the launch, Google+ was estimated to have 20 million users, according to web-traffic tracker ComScore. About that same time, Facebook confirmed estimates that it boasts 750 million users.

If you’re tired of Facebook or just intrigued by the ideas of the Circles and Hangouts — or if you just need one more site to log into — sign up for Google+ today. You’re good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, Google likes you. (Just be sure to use your real name. See post below.)

What is this? Why can’t I just know you on Facebook?

~Real response to a Google+ invitation

 

EARLIER:

Google+ (NASDAQ: GOOG) has revised its profile policy and is suspending accounts with pseudonyms. Saurabh Sharma explains the change in a one-minute video.
 

 


What’s in a name? Google+ users say everything

Google+ (NASDAQ: GOOG) has revised its profile policy and is suspending accounts with pseudonyms. Saurabh Sharma explains the change in a one-minute video.
 

 
Dave Copeland at the Daily Dot has a post on users’ response to the change.

And now I have to log off and revise the post I’ve been writing about Google+’s privacy policy.


3-year-old accosted by TSA screener

Video shows a 3-year-old accosted by TSA screener. She screams “stop touching me” and the screener doesn’t. Mom was holding her, but still, the screener was out of line. More evidence of the invasive nature of the TSA’s new aggressive pat-downs.

Also, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she’s “open” to fliers’ complaints about the full-body scans and the TSA’s grabby pat-downs.