Search engine giant Google’s newly launched social networking platform Google Plus has become widely popular on the web, even though it’s in limited public trial mode.
Early users of the platform were able to send invites to their friends, family and co-workers but Google was forced to close the invites after experiencing such ‘insane’ demand.
The buzz created by Google Plus has prompted people to set up Twitter accounts dedicated to getting Goole Plus invites while people can be seen begging their friends to send them a Google Plus invite on Facebook.
The company says that it wants to iron out the last remaining bugs in the platform by conducting a public trial with a limited number of users.
However, what many Google Plus fanatics didn’t know was that Google has been secretly opening the window for invites every now and then and then throttling the invites to control the flow, MSNBC reports.
“First, we want to make sure our infrastructure scales so the service remains fast and reliable. Second, we want to ensure that bugs are fixed while there are still a relatively few people in the field trial,” said Engineering Director of Google+, Dave Besbris.
“Things are going well with the systems right now so we feel comfortable enough to open up invites for a brief period. Our goal is to double the user base in the field trial. (Sorry, we're not giving details about how many folks are in the field trial yet)," he added.