During its first 24 hours of existence, Google+ has received its fair share of coverage - which, after all, is what Google sought all along. (Speaking of publicity, there's been relatively little mention that Google decided to announce its Facebook-killer on the same day that Microsoft was launching its cloud-based Office suite of products.)
In any event, the company's media strategy generated the desired buzz - so successfully, in fact, that Google was forced to suspend the invite process to its social network temporarily because of what one of its senior execs described as insane demand. When it revealed Google+ earlier this week, Google said the service is undergoing a "field trial," so it's accessible by invitation only and not yet available to the public. No word yet on when it'll be more widely available.
Google+ is designed to allow users share things with smaller groups of people. Another feature in the service make it easier to find online content you care about, and then share it with friends who might have similar interests. It also includes a group messaging service as well as a feature that lets users instantly upload photos taken with mobile phones.
But in case you were not among the lucky few who received invites to test out the service, check out this neat workaround, courtesy of CNET's Stephen Shankland. Best of all, you don't need to wait for Google's permission to join the club. Happy socializing.