Google suspends social network invitations

Google is struggling to handle demand for its new social network and has suspended new invitations for the service.

Google suspends social network invitations

Google launched its Google+ Facebook rival this week, but only those with invitations could test the new service, and now the company has admitted high demand has forced it to stop offering new invitations.

Google senior vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra said the company had “shut down invite mechanism” for the Google+ service.

“Insane demand. We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way,” Gundotra wrote.

It is unclear whether existing members will continue to be able to offer invites, and Google admitted the rollout could be a stop-start process as it ramps up the operation to cope with demand.

“We launched Google+ in a field trial in order to test the product out and gather more feedback,” Google said in an emailed statement.

“As part of the field trial, we may open and close Google+ to new users at any time. We’re thrilled so many people are interested in trying out a new approach to online sharing.”

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