Google has now made it easier to invite friends to its new social network service, Google+, by just providing a short link you can post on the web or share with others over instant messaging.
Announced by Google engineer Balaji Srinivasan on August 5, the functionality didn't go live until last night. "We'll be rolling out a new feature over the next few days that lets you invite others simply by using a link. When you click the "invite friends" button on the right-hand side of the page, you'll find a new link that you can IM to friends or post on the web. Since we're still in field trial, we're limiting sign-ups from these links to 150 per person for now. We hope you'll like this easy way to bring your friends onto Google+. Thanks and keep the feedback coming!," wrote Srinivasan.
In order to get the link, says Google product manager Shimrit Ben-Yair, you simply click the "invite friends" button on the right-hand side of the stream - the same place invites were found before.
You can now invite others to G+ simply by using a link. Just click the "invite friends" button on the right-hand side of the stream, and you'll find a new link that you can IM to friends or post on the web. Google+
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Download our awesome new android app to get better grouping of notifications, easier sharing of posts with individuals, and the ability to start huddles from people and circle profiles. Google+ Update: Android App version 1.0.5 (see second video embedded below)
There is one minor problem with the link, even though having its own URL shortner services, Google has not enabled it on the invite links, though - you have to shorten it yourself if you post to Twitter or you'll end up with a mess like this.
Google+ Update: Android App version 1.0.5: