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How to invite people to Google+ (if you don’t have an Invite button)

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So, you have access to Google+ and it’s a bit lonely in there with only a few friends.  Of course, one of the first things you will want to do is invite some new ones; if you don’t have an invite button on your profile than you can try using this trick.

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We have to warn you that, like the main Invite Button, this system is occasionally turned off and on by Google but it does seem to be more reliable than the official Invite Button.

To invite people to use Google+ you first have to set up a Circle (Click here to go to the Google+ Circles page) with the email addresses of the people you want to invite. This seems to work best with Gmail addresses.

1. Create a new Circle and give it a memorable name. In this case we have called it Invites.

1 - Create a Circle
1. Create a Circle

2. In the modal window click Add a new Person.  Type in their email address and hit Return on your keyboard.  Do this for as many people as you would like to invite.

2. Input an email address
2. Input an email address

3. Then click on the button called Create a circle.

3. Confirm email address and create circle
3. Confirm email address and create circle

4. Once this is done head back to your Google+ homepage and select your Circle from the list on the left hand side.

4. Head back to the home page
4. Head back to the home page

5. Now, in the text box type a message for your friends.  Then click Share. Google+ will warn you that you are sharing content with people who have not signed up to the network, dismiss this message and click Share again.

5. Write a message
5. Write a message

6. Your friends will get an email like this,

6. Email notification
6. Email notification

7. If your friends click the Learn more about Google+ and Google is over capacity they will be taken to a page like this one.  We have found that if the person you have invited is not given immediate access they will eventually get in if they check the link every so-often.

7. No access
7. No access

If everything is OK they will be able to access Google+ directly.

Hopefully this will work for you, if you have any other tips-or-tricks about Google+ let us know.

125 Comments

  1. Just sent out some more invites to commentaries. We’ve heard this trick has more success in Google Chrome!

  2. Just sent out some more invites to commentaries. We’ve heard this trick has more success in Google Chrome!

  3. So, the workaround described above is working again. Anybody want Google+ invites? Leave a comment with your email address.

  4. So, the workaround described above is working again. Anybody want Google+ invites? Leave a comment with your email address.

  5. Hi! please if you have some invites.. I would like one. Mail is jorgeverav at gmail dot com

    greetins from Macchu Picchu, Peru

  6. Hi! please if you have some more invites.. I would very much like one. Mail is maspisco at yahoo.com

    greetings from Macchu Picchu, Peru

  7. Hi! please if you have some more invites.. I would very much like one. Mail is maspisco at yahoo.com

    greetings from Machu Picchu, Peru

  8. Hi! please if you have some more invites.. I would very much like one. Mail is maspisco at yahoo.com

    greetings from Machu Picchu, Peru

  9. I would appreciate if you send me an invitation please

    jorsalvar at gmail.com

    Thanks

  10. I would appreciate if you send me an invitation please

    jorsalvar at gmail.com

    Thanks

    1. @andrescantu Just sent you an invite – G+ is over capacity at the moment but keep checking the link! Let us know when you are in.

      1. @thesociable well, i guess i have to wait for it to work, anyways i appreciate the invitation!

  11. @andrescantu Just sent you an invite – G+ is over capacity at the moment but keep checking the link! Let us know when you are in.

    1. @thesociable Thanks! I shall try and wait patiently for the invite to roll in. Hopefully they haven’t patch this hole yet.

  12. @thesociable well, i guess i have to wait for it to work, anyways i appreciate the invitation!

  13. @thesociable Thanks! I shall try and wait patiently for the invite to roll in. Hopefully they haven’t patch this hole yet.

      1. @thesociable I’m already a member. my cousin invited me the other day. I was trying to follow your directions to invite my friends. I’m doing exactly what you’ve detailed to do and none of them are getting the invite.

  14. Kinda frustrating. 8 Hours since getting the email. I’ve tried many times. They still aren’t letting people in. I think this loop hole might be closed.

  15. Kinda frustrating. 8 Hours since getting the email. I’ve tried many times. They still aren’t letting people in. I think this loop hole might be closed.

  16. you will receive much faster if you used a hotmail account, tried it with 3 friends they almost got instantly, but all of them got the page where it says ” We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.”

  17. you will receive much faster if you used a hotmail account, tried it with 3 friends they almost got instantly, but all of them got the page where it says ” We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.”

  18. @thesociable I’m already a member. my cousin invited me the other day. I was trying to follow your directions to invite my friends. I’m doing exactly what you’ve detailed to do and none of them are getting the invite.

  19. Is this method working for people? I received an invite as illustrated above from thesociable but is has yet to work. I just wondered if others are getting in?

  20. Is this method working for people? I received an invite as illustrated above from thesociable but is has yet to work. I just wondered if others are getting in?

  21. Hi everyone, a few people are saying they can’t sign up to Google+ even after being invited. So, we have created a survey to see if there is a difference between users allowed access the social network and those not allowed. http://bit.ly/mvk36E

  22. Hi everyone, a few people are saying they can’t sign up to Google+ even after being invited. So, we have created a survey to see if there is a difference between users allowed access the social network and those not allowed. http://bit.ly/mvk36E

    1. @thesociable Still no dice for me. At what point do I begin to take this personally? It is not her fault but that poor blonde girls picture on the splash page is beginning to drive me crazy.

  23. @thesociable Still no dice for me. At what point do I begin to take this personally? It is not her fault but that poor blonde girls picture on the splash page is beginning to drive me crazy.

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Piers Dillon-Scott is co-editor of The Sociable and writes about stuff he finds. He likes technology, media, and using the Oxford comma (because it just makes sense).